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(engl: Manatee)

Favourite pastime: eating

These vegetarians spend most of their day eating. In shallow waters they graze on underwater pastures. They need to ensure they get enough nutrients and energy for their massive body. Therefore, manatees need to eat up to 15% of their body weight in plants every day.

Gentle giants in danger

Manatees are social creatures and live in groups of up to 100 animals. They don’t have natural enemies. Their biggest threat is boats. Propellers can cause serious injury that can result in death.

Manatee, Foto: Tom Burger
Manatee, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Nagelmanati
Verbreitungsgebiet: Nagelmanati
Scientific Surname Trichechus manatus
Order Manatees
Family Trichechidae
Size till 4,5 m
Weight till 900 kg
Reproduction gestation period 13 month, 1 subadult
Distribution Caribbean
Habitat coastal waters
Food aquatic plant, Plants in the shore area
Livestock declining
Lifespan bis zu 50 Jahre