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What Other Regions of the World Do Manatees Populate?

What Other Regions of the World Do Manatees Populate?.

What Other Regions of the World Do Manatees Populate?Manatees are the humblest large aquatic creatures on our planet. These herbivorous marine mammals are fondly called sea cows. They can be classified into three major species: the West Indian manatee, the West African manatee, and the Amazonian manatee. Measuring up to 13 feet long and weighing as much as 1,300 pounds, manatees move underwater using their paddle-like flippers and tail. Their diet consists of over sixty types of freshwater and saltwater plants. In a single day, an adult manatee can eat up to 10-15% of its body weight within seven hours. These mammals are quite intelligent, appear to have good long-term memory, and exhibit discrimination and task-learning skills similar to those of seals and dolphins.

The West Indian manatee is further classified into two subspecies: the Florida manatee and the Caribbean manatee. The Florida manatee is popular with tourists. It can quickly adapt to the abrupt salinity shifts in the estuary waters near the Gulf of Mexico. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Florida to take manatee tours and witness the congregation of manatees in their natural habitat. Swimmers can get in the water to touch them and feel their smooth whiskers during snorkelling tours. Children love the cute young manatees that are friendly, curious and inspect every foreign item which comes their way.

The African manatee lives in estuarine, marine and freshwater habitats along the west coast of Africa, from Senegal to Angola. It is found in the Senegal, Kwanza and Niger rivers. Unlike other species, it is nocturnal and sleeps during the daytime. Other than sharks and crocodiles, it has no predators.

The Amazonian manatee is found in the freshwater habitats of the Amazon Basin in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. It is the smallest among the three species and has thin, wrinkled skin and a white or pink patch in the breast area.

In recent years, these amazing creatures have become endangered by human actions such as habitat destruction, as well as natural reasons such as diseases and adverse temperatures. Another danger for manatees is that their slow movement results in collisions with propeller-boats and ships. These collisions can cause severe injury or immediate death.

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