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Early sailors thought the Manatee was a mermaid, it must have been a long time since these poor fellas saw a woman.

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Special parks have been set up for the manatees protection. Report Abuse
The state of Florida has an adoption program for the preservation of the manatee.
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The manatee is on the endangered species list. Report Abuse
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Many are killed by the propellers of boats.
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A baby manatee will stay with its mother for about 2 years. Report Abuse
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It takes a year for a female manatee to give birth. Report Abuse
The average size of a baby manatee is around 60 pounds.
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Manatees do migrate to warmer waters in the winter. Report Abuse
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Manatees can only swim 2 to 5 miles an hour. Report Abuse
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Manatees have big black teeth to grind up their food. Report Abuse
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Manatees eat almost a hundred pounds of underwater plants a day. Report Abuse
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Manatees sleep on river bottoms. Report Abuse
When they sleep they come up for air about every 20 minutes.
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Baby manatees have to learn to hold their breath. Report Abuse
These smaller creatures come up for air every 30 seconds until their lungs get big enough to hold their breath longer.
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Manatees do everything underwater except breathe. Report Abuse
The need to come up for air every 2 to 4 minutes.
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During the colder months Manatees will swim near power plants because the water is warmer there. Report Abuse
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There are manatees all over the world. Report Abuse
Many live in the rivers of Western Africa, Central and South America and along the Florida Coast.
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Manatees swim in both salt and fresh water. Report Abuse
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Elephants are the closest relative of the Manatee. Report Abuse
The skin of an elephant and a manatee are similar gray and wrinkled with few hairs.
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The manatee has a large snout. Report Abuse
Many times when people see manatees they just see their two nostrils sticking above water.
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Their bodies are shaped like baked potatos. Report Abuse
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Many people refer to the Manatee as a Sea Cow. Report Abuse
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Manatees grow to be very large. Report Abuse
Most grow to be about 10 feet long but, they can weigh over a ton. That's a lot of woman.
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The scientific name for a Manatee is Sirenian. Report Abuse
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