Check out this very curious manatee visiting a paddleboarder on the Intercoastal Waterway in Jupiter, Florida. Photo Courtesy: Celine Chasteen
Greetings to you! In this blog, I’d thought you and I could have some cool fun learning and seeing manatees also have some cool fun! Here’s a quick refresher on us manatees …
I, Kobee Manatee, am also known as a Florida Manatee or West Indian Manatee and I belong to the order Sirenia. I am considered a marine mammal because I live in the water and also breathe air. In the warm summer months, I like to travel out of Florida. In fact, in the summer, Florida manatees can migrate as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts! Our average length is right around 10 feet and our average weight is between 800 to 1,200 pounds. We also have 2 forelimbs called flippers. The color of our skin is gray and the upper portion of our body can appear green because of the algae, which can grow on it. Why?
Well – since us manatees are mammals because we breathe air, we need to surface every 2 to 5 minutes to breathe. Algae also needs sunlight to grow. That’s why you may see a greenish color on the tops of some manatees! And speaking of breathing, when I sleep, I can hold my breath for 20 minutes, then gently float up to the surface, breathe then float back down.
The Florida manatee has a whale-like body that tapers down to a paddle-shaped tail. And manatees are herbivores because we only eat plants. Manatees are also warm-blooded just like humans. As a result, we need water temperatures of at least 72 degrees Fahrenheit or we could die from cold stress. That’s why in the colder winter months we head into Florida’s naturally warm springs like Weeki Watchee Springs State Park or Blue Spring State Park. We may also gather around the warm water discharges of Florida’s electric plants such as Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center on Florida Power and Light’s Manatee Lagoon!
Discover how Manatees Have Fun!
Okay – now check out some cool images below on how we manatees actually have fun! It’s really not a bad life at all. You see we have no real agenda …
… and we just eat when we want to and sleep when we want to. Clearly, we’re becoming very popular too! The insurance company, GEICO, did an ad campaign using manatees!
Or How About a Fun Wrestling Match!
Or give me a “high-five!”
Aww – thanks for the lunch date 🙂
“Hi! – What’s Your Name?”
Keep watching for more of my blogs!
If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (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