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What is the life expectancy of a manatee?

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In their natural habitat, the life expectancy of a manatee is 50-60 years. Manatees have no natural enemies. As with other wild animal populations, their mortality results from natural causes.. read more


What Role Do Manatees Play in the Ecosystem?

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Often referred to as “sentinel species,” manatees are an indicator of the overall health of their marine ecosystems. As residents of both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, typically slow-moving bays, rivers,.. read more


Kayak & Swim with Manatees at Three Sisters Spring

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The highlight of visiting Crystal River is kayaking and swimming with manatees. Kayaking along Crystal River is a remarkable and almost magical experience. The water is incredibly clear as long.. read more


How Manatees Became Mermaids

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It’s winter again and manatees are migrating south to warm-water springs and power plant outflows. As the slow-moving marine mammals make their way into the springs they often run into.. read more


Can manatees see underwater?

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Manatees are intriguing and marvelous aquatic mammals. They typically live in shallow rivers, bays and coastal areas, preferring water that’s not deeper than 10 feet (3 meters). But on any.. read more


5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Manatees

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Native to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida manatees are slow, gentle and somewhat clumsy giants of the marine ecosystem. They spend most of the summer months.. read more


Do manatees have live births?

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Female manatees give birth to one live calf every 2-5 years. It’s possible for a female to give birth to twins, but this is quite rare. If a cow (female.. read more


November is Manatee Awareness Month

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This year has been a tough one for Florida manatees. Of the estimated 6,000 manatees that dwell in Florida waters, already 714 manatee deaths have been recorded this year compared.. read more


What does a manatee need to survive?

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Florida manatees were among the first animals listed as endangered soon after the Endangered Species Act came into effect in 1973. When that happened, there were only about 1,000 of.. read more


Are manatees dangerous to swim with?

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Manatees are calm and peaceful marine mammals that pose no danger to swimmers. In fact, they are curious animals that enjoy human interaction and are quite happy to relate with.. read more