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West Indian Manatee

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West Indian Manatees



  • Common name is West Indian Manatee.
  • Genus is Trichechus and its species is manatus (Trichechus manatus). 
  • West Indian Manatees are in the class of mammalia. 
  • These manatees are also called Florida Manatees and sea cows.


  • West Indian Manatees are found in the coastal waters, rivers, and freshwater lagoons of Florida, the Caribbean, and the north east coast of South America.
  • They are found in the ocean biome. 
  • They can live in these environments because of their flippers and their tails.

  • The West Indian Manatees have grayish-brown skin that is thick and wrinkley.
  • They have flippers and a tail that they use to move.
  • An average manatee is around 10-12 ft. in length, while their weight is around 1,500-1,800 lbs.
  • Usually, the females are a little larger than the males.
  • Manatees are peaceful and gentle creatures.
  • Their speed is usually quite slow, but they have been recorded to go 20mph. 
  • Manatees are endothermic. This means that they are warm blooded.

  • Baby manatees are called calves.
  • Manatees usually give birth to one calf, but, very rarely, they have twins. 
  • The calves will stay with their mother for up to two years.
  • Other than their calves, manatees travel alone, not in groups.     


  • Manatees are herbivores.
  • Their diet consists of manatee grass, turtle grass, algae, mangrove leaves, and many others. 

  • West Indian Manatees are related to two species:  hyraxes and elephants.

         Hyrax                      Elephant



West Indian Manatee Food Chain



  • Manatees are very rarely bothered by alligaters.   


  • A manatee participates in a commensalisms relationship with algae. The manatee gives the algae a firm place to grow.


  • Manatees comunicate  by chirps, whistles and sqeaks, usually, only with their calves.

  Interesting Facts and Behaviors:

  • Manatees have no vocal chords but they still can make sound.
  • Manatees have intestines up to 150 ft. long because of the high-fiber food they eat.


  • Manatees are not endangered, but they are on the watch list. They are accidentally killed by careless boaters.




Manatees, Patricia Corrigan, Pg.11, 1996





Comments (10)

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at 8:53 pm on Nov 14, 2008

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wikiuser0012 said

at 8:28 pm on Nov 19, 2008

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wikiuser0012 said

at 8:31 pm on Nov 19, 2008

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MH(NOT mitchel)

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