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Transcript of Manatee
-eat 9-30 kg of a whole variety of plants daily-herbivores
-use whiskers called vibrissae
-used for orientation, sense things
-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
- 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?
3. Social Habits
6. Reproduction System
6. Short Video
7. Fun Facts
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-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
-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
1. What do manatees eat?
2.Whey are they endangered?
3.What are the whiskers (vibrissae) used for?
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