Fun Manatee Facts and Information
Manatees are the big lovable lugs of marine mammal life. Not sleek like dolphins – or as intelligent – but no dummies either. Unlike sharks, they’re practically cuddly (approach a manatee gently on one of our manatee tours and it may turn over and ask for a belly scratch!).
If you love manatees as much as we love manatees (and we’re positive you’ll become a raving fan once you meet them), then we know you’ll want to learn as much as possible about these wonderful gentle giants.
Read below for some “fun” facts about manatees:
- Average Manatee is 10ft long weighing 800-1200 pounds.
- They have been known to reach 13 ft and 3500 pounds.
- When born they are 3-4 ft long and 60-70 pounds.
- Manatees are herbivores meaning plant eating animals.
- Manatees replace worn teeth throughout their lifetime.
- Manatees have fairly good vision and can distinguish between colors.
- Manatees cannot survive in temperatures below 68 degrees (20 Celsius).
- Manatees spend 6-8 hours a day feeding.
- Manatees surface for air every 3-5 minutes.
- Manatees do not form permanent bonds when breeding.
- Manatees can stay submerged up to 20 minutes.
- Females mature for breeding at about 5 years old and 8 years old for males.
- On average one calf is born every 5 years.
- Gestation period is about 1 year long
- Mothers nurse young for up to 2 years.
- Manatees may live as long as 60 years.
- Manatees do not have eyelashes.
- Manatees prefer water 3-7 feet deep.
- Manatees range from Virginia to Texas and one was documented in Rhode Island. (Very rare).
- Manatees eat 10% to 15% of their body weight each day.
- Manatees are an endangered species.