The manatee's closest relative is the elephant.








The largest population of manatees

 is found in Florida,

where 3,000 individuals now live.


Manatees can be found in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters.


Rarely do they venture into waters

that are below 68F.
















Well known for their gentle, slow-moving nature, manatees have also been known to body surf or barrel roll when playing.





Manatees communicate by squealing under water to demonstrate fear, stress or excitement.



 Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and in travel.








The average adult manatee weighs 1,500 to 1,800 pounds

and measures ten to 12 feet in length.






Manatees are thought to live 50 to 60 years in the wild.










Status: Endangered

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