Manatees range in color from gray to
brown. They use their two small front
flippers to crawl along ocean or river
bottoms. Their flat, horizontal tails are
pumped up and down to move them along.
Despite their small eyes and lack of outer
ears, manatees are thought to see and hear
The average adult manatee weighs 1,500 to
1,800 pounds and measures ten to 12 feet
The largest population of manatees is found in
Florida, where 3,000 individuals now live.
Manatees are thought to live 50 to 60 years in the wild.
Manatees take up residence primarily in Florida’s coastal waters during winter and migrate either as far north as the Carolinas or as far west as Louisiana during the summer months.
Manatees can be found in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters. Rarely do individuals venture into waters that are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Manatees are herbivores and eat marine and freshwater plants.
Well known for their gentle, slow-moving nature, manatees have also been known to body surf or barrel roll when playing. Normally they rest and feed often. Manatees communicate by squealing under water to demonstrate fear, stress or excitement.
After a one-year gestation period, calves are born weighing between 60 and 70 pounds and measuring about three to four feet.
Most manatees have a pattern of scars on their backs or tails from collisions with boats. Scientists use these patterns to identify individuals. But these collisions can be fatal for the manatee. Besides boating accidents, manatees have been found crushed or drowned in flood-control gates and also suffer from pollution and habitat loss.
*CITES Appendix I, Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act.
*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international treaty with more than 144 member countries. Appendix I listed species cannot be traded commercially. Appendix II listed species can be traded commercially only if it does not harm their survival.
Purchase a Manatee Adoption Kit from World Animal Foundation and make a difference for animals and the environment.
Your WAF Manatee Adoption Kit comes in a Deluxe WAF Folder and includes:
- Glossy Photo of Your Adopted Manatee
- Manatee Adoption Kit Adoption Certificate
- Fact Sheet About Your Adopted Manatee
- Help Animals Info Cards Packed With Information On Animal Issues & How You Can Help Animals And The Environment
Adopt An Animal Manatee Adoption Kits make great gifts and can be sent directly to the recipient at a date of your choosing. Simply supply the recipient's name and mailing address as shipping information. We'll even include a letter stating the Manatee Adoption Kit is from you.
WAF's Manatee Adoption Kit symbolic adoption is $35 and helps the World Animal Foundation to preserve the planet and protect its animals. Purchase a Manatee Adoption Kit for yourself or order a Manatee Adoption Kit as a gift. Help make a difference for animals - purchase a Manatee Adoption Kit Today!