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Manatee Essay Research Paper ManateeThe manatee popularly

Manatee Essay, Research Paper Manatee The manatee popularly called the sea cow is any of the species of large water animals in the genus Trichechus. There are three species of manatee with T.

Manatee Essay, Research Paper

Manatee

The manatee popularly called the sea cow is any of the species of large

water animals in the genus Trichechus. There are three species of manatee with T.

inunguis found in the Amazon and Orinoco river systems; T. manatus is found in

central Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts; and T.

senegalenis found in the rivers of tropical West Africa. A manatee is a slow

moving, seal shaped mammal that lives in shallow coastal waters where rich plant

grows. It usually is at home in salt or fresh water but rarely straying far

from home.

A manatee is grayish-black stout thick skinned animals and almost

hairless. Its corpulent body tapers to a horizontally flattened, round tail.

The fore limbs are set close to it?s head and are used to push algae, such as

seaweed and other water plants toward their mouths. They have a small head,

with a straight snout and cleft upper lip with bristly hairs. Adults can grow

up to 15ft (4.6 meters) but they usually only grow to about 10 feet. They weigh

an average of 1300 pounds.

Manatees live in small family groups sometimes up to herds of 15-20.

After a gestation of up to 6 months, usually a single pinkish calf is born.

Manatees ferquently communicate by muzzle to muzzle contact and when alarmed

they emit chripy squeaks.

The number of manatees has been reduced over the past several years due

to heavy hunting for their hides, meat, and blubber oil. Some governments,

including the United States, have placed the manatees under the endangered

species list. One practical reason for this is that they have proved useful in

clearin girrigation and transport channels clogged with aquatic plant life.

There has also been an increase in manatee death due to passing boats that speed

through channels.

If we all do not help protect these sea cows today then they will not be

around for future generations to enjoy. Everyone must do their part in

protecting these mammals of they ocean. If we do not help save their dying

species who will?

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