Friday, November 28, 2014

Who doesn't love manatees?

Manatees are gorgeous, magnificent creatures. Take a look here!

Here are some fun manatee facts:

(1) These amazing sea bears are herbivores and can eat up to 1200 pounds of seaweed per day!

(2) There are 3 different manatee species: West Indian Manatee, West African Manatee, and Amazonian Manatee. How exotic!

(3) They have extremely low metabolic rates and the West Indian and West African require warm water (of at least 60 degrees).

(4) Elephants are the closest living relatives of manatees and their cousins (known as Dugongs).

(5) Manatees can continuously replace their teeth throughout their lives. 

(6) Manatees can learn basic tasks, are extremely sensitive to touch, and can distinguish colors.

(7) Manatees, along with tree sloths, are the only vertebrates that do not have 7 vertebrae. Manatees have 6.

(8) Manatees have no natural predators.

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