Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Trichechidae
   Scientific Name : Trichechus Manatu 

                       Size : 2.8 - 3.6m (9.2 - 12ft)
                  Weight : 400 - 550kg 
                                     (800 - 1,212lbs)
            Top Speed : 22km/h (13mph)
             Life Span : 50 - 70 years

                  Colour : Grey, Brown
             Skin Type : Smooth
Spaecial Features : Thick, Wrinkled skin 
                                 and flippers with
                                  no nails
  1. Manatees are large marine mammals found in the eastern hemisphere.
  2. They are also known as the sea cow, they get their name from the fact that they graze on aquatic plants only.
  3. They are herbivores, feeding on sea grass and algae.
  4. They grow to an average size of around 2.8m – 3.6m and weigh around 500kg.
  5. The females grow larger than the males and are also heavier.
  6. They inhabit the shallow, warm marshlands underwater and spend most of their time sleeping.
  7. They need to regularly come to the water surface to breathe as they do not have gills.
  8. They are solitary animals preferring to spend their time alone, though rarely they can be seen in herds.
  9. The manatees breed once in two years and the female manatee gives birth to a single calf after a year-long gestation.
  10. The manatee calf is weaned after 12-18 months.
  11. Interestingly, they were believed to be sacred animals by the people of West Africa.
  12. Manatees were linked to mermaids and those who killed them were considered to be sinners.
  13. Though they are closely related to dugongs, they are not the same and are different animals.
  14. Due to their large size, they have very few natural predators in humans and sharks.
  15. Manatees are a species of animals that are endangered today.

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