Manatees are sometimes called sea cows, and their languid pace lends merit to the comparison.
Manatees are usually seen alone, in pairs, or in small groups of a half dozen or fewer animals. From above the water's surface, the animal's nose and nostrils are often the only thing visible. Manatees never leave the water but, like all marine mammals, they must breathe air at the surface. A resting manatee can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes, but while swimming, it must surface every three or four minutes.
Common Name: Manatees
Scientific Name: Trichechus
Average Life Span in the Wild: 40 years
Size: 8 to 13 ft
Weight: 440 to 1,300 lbs
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