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Facts about Manatees

Manatees are pacific aquatic mammals which belong to the order Sirenia as the Dugong.

Manatees are believed to have evolved from land mammals being their closest relative the elephants.

Manatees are herbivores and spend most of their time in shallow waters eating plants like mangrove leaves, algae and turtle grass. They eat up to 50 Kg. per day.

There are three types of manatees living today, the West Indian Manatee, the Amazon Manatee and the African Manatee.

Any of these species live in ware, shallow, coastal waters and cannot survive to colder waters. During winter they look to move into warm rivers if the place they live gets cold.