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Jamina Rillig

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Transcript of Manatee

Indian Manatee

Trichechus manatus


-eat 9-30 kg of a whole variety of plants daily-herbivores
-use whiskers called vibrissae
-used for orientation, sense things
-fresh water
-humans responsible for over 50%
of manatee deaths
-endangered - destroyed habitat, fishing ropes, sudden drops in water temp.,boats ,litter

-found in South America and in Gulf
of Mexico
- also found in rivers
- similar to an elephant
- seen by toenail on each flipper
- 10 feet long and 800-1200 pounds
- vibrissae covering entire body
Which group does the manatee belong to fish,mammal,bird or reptile?
1. Anatomy
2. Habitat
3. Social Habits
4. Food
6. Reproduction System
5. Predators
6. Short Video
7. Fun Facts
8. Bibliography

Thanks for watching!!!!
-females travel together
-live alone,groups, or in pairs
-depends on the individual manatee

-pregnancy duration=12-14 months
-almost always, only one calf is born
-normally breed between 7-9
-newborn calf weighs about 60 to 70 pounds and are a little more than 4 ft long
-mother stays with calf for up to 2 years
-males take no part in the parental care of the calf

Manatee Spinning

-eat feces to gather information
- subspecies include Florida and Antillean Manatee
- manatees swim at about 3 to 5 mph - can do somersault, roll and swim upside down
- live up to 60 years
- spend most of their time feeding, resting or traveling
- have only six neck vertebrae

Fun Facts

1. What do manatees eat?
2.Whey are they endangered?
3.What are the whiskers (vibrissae) used for?

Social Habits
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