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Manatees

Hi guys! Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite marine creatures: manatees.

A group of manatees is called and aggregation, and a baby manatee is called a calf.

Manatees are also called sea cows, and are suspected to be what started the mermaid myth.

Manatees live in rivers, estuaries and bays with slow moving water. They are more prone to be found in areas that have more underwater vegetation.

They migrate due to the weather, so in the U.S. they are mainly found in Florida during the winter, but can be found up and down the east coast throughout the rest of the year. Manatees can also be found along the coasts of South America.

Manatees are herbivores, and they eat pretty much any kind of vegetation that they come across. They move slowly below the surface of the water and come up for air every few minutes.

Because manatees do not have any natural predators, they can live up to sixty years. The main causes of death are cold stress or other diseases as well as humans. They are easily hit by boats, especially by their propellers as they move slowly and can not get out of the way fast enough. Habitat loss is, as per usual the biggest threat to manatees.

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Baby manatee

Manatee aggregation

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