Category: manatee awareness month

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Just look at these gorgeous manatees! Each November marks Manatee Awareness Month, a reason to celebrate these gentle giants, lovingly called sea cows. The average manatee is about 10ft long and weighs 800 -1,200lbs, eating approximately 1/10th of their body weight every day. From November to March, about 600 can be seen vegging and eating vegetation in the warm waters of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Photo by Michel Gilbert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Munch on these facts, manatee-style:

November is Manatee Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate these gentle giants and the conservation efforts to protect them. These aquatic mammals have elongated round bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail, and they have two forelimbs (called flippers). The average adult manatee is up to 14 feet long and can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. Manatees are indicator species – that means when manatees are thriving, their immediate environment is flourishing with life. While in the 1970s, there were just a few hundred manatees, conservation efforts have helped this species rebound. Today, the range-wide population is estimated to be at least 13,000 manatees with more than 6,500 in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy of Carol Grant.  

November is Manatee Awareness Month! These gentle giants – nicknamed “sea cows” for their diet of seagrass and other aquatic plants – can reach lengths of over 14 feet and weigh more than 3,000 pounds. Early explorers once mistook manatees, which have large, spoon-shaped tails, for young women – fueling legends of mermaids. Find out more fun manatee facts: Photo at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida by Michel Gilbert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service SUP holder.