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West Indian Manatee


Scientific Name:
Trichechus manatus
Length:
3.0 m (9.8 ft)
Weight:
450 - 1500 kg (990 - 3300 lbs)
Status:
rare
Prey:
Aquatic vegetation

Physical characteristics

They are gray-brown and have a spade shaped tail.

Behavioral characterization

They are often seen resting at the surface or just below of that.

Distribution

West India

Population size

2,500

Predators

Humans

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They move to warmer waters in winter.

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

They are hunted for their meat, hide and oil. Habitat destruction is another threat.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

The mothers can nurse for up to 2 years.