The West Indian Manatee
Greetings! Here are some really cool and interesting facts you probably didn’t know about us manatees…
- The age of a manatee is determined by yearly growth rings in its ear bones. – Just like you count the rings across the diameter of a tree back to get its age, you also count the growth rings in a manatee’s ear bone to get its age!
- A manatee doesn’t have a daily routine, which it stays with or follows. – We manatees just take it one day at a time! We can actually feed, rest, or travel at any time of the day. Be it dark at night or light in the day!
- When looking at all the mammals in the world, it is only manatees and sloths that have six cervical (neck) vertebrae. – That’s right! Humans and even giraffes have seven cervical vertebrae.
- A manatee cannot turn its head sideways. As a result, it must turn its whole body around!
- Manatees are smart and seem to know when cold weather is coming in, so they’ll seek out warmer water locations. – Scientists still don’t know what cues manatees follow that results in this interesting weather-related behavior!
- Did you know water conducts heat away from the body of a mammal up to 25 times faster than air does? – It’s true! No wonder us warm-blooded manatees scramble to warmer water areas once cold weather is on its way!
- Manatees do not have eyelashes!
- Newborn manatee calves can swim to the surface without assistance and they can also vocalize at birth!
- Did you know that a manatee can move one side of its lip pads independently of the other side?
10. When a manatee stretches, it most likely will let out a big groan!
Stay tuned for another one of my blogs on “Cool and Interesting Facts about Florida Manatees (Part 6)!
If you are in Florida and you see a sick or injured manatee, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee