The Elusive Florida Manatee…
Manatees are an intriguing figure of Florida’s coast! These fully aquatic mammals belong to 3 species. They are: West African, West Indian, and the Amazonian.
Our Florida dwellers weigh about 60 pounds at birth! They have a large flexible upper lip which they use to gather and eat food. The Manatee will usually breed every 1 to 2 years, to a single calf. The calf will stay with his mother between 12-18 months until they have been weaned. Apart from that time, the Manatee is a solitary species.
When fully grown, they weigh up to 1500 pounds! They can reach up to 12 feet in length. Sometimes referred to as ‘Sea Cows’ the Manatee must breath air at the surface. They can however, stay submerged for up to 15 minutes. When they are actively swimming, they will surface for air every 3 or 4 minutes.
Like Dolphin, they show qualities of associative learning. This means they appear to have long term memory and task learning abilities.
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