Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Manatee -A Fascinating Mammal

A few years ago I visited a nature preserve in Florida where manatees live. I could only see a ripple underneath the water but I knew they were there.  Did you know that they live in other places besides Florida? Well they do: coastal West Africa and rivers in the Amazon basin.

 Read all about this in The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species by Peter Lourie.

 Here is a sample: "Manaus [Brazil] is one of the only places you can pet young Amazonian mantees...But you have to make a little noise in the water so they know someone is nearby."

Test your manatee knowledge:

Do manatees have eyelashes?
How long do they live?
How often do they surface for air?
Are they an endangered species?

(For the answers click on the link in the first paragraph.)

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