Information and main features:
- Marine Manatee is an aquatic mammal that can be found in salty (seas and oceans) or sweet (rivers) waters.
- Saltwater species are marine manatees and African manatees.
- Marine manatees inhabit mainly the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, near the coasts of the United States, Mexico, Central America (Caribbean Islands) and the northern coast of Brazil.
- The manatees are huge, can reach 700 kilos and 4 meters in length.
- They have only molar teeth.
- The tail of these mammals is flat and wide.
- They have rough gray-brown skin.
- The eyes are small but with great visual ability.
- They feed on water hyacinths, algae and grass.
- The female has, on average, one pup every three years. The pregnancy lasts for 12 months.
- There is also a freshwater species, the Amazon Manatee, found mainly in the Amazon River basin.
- The Amazon manatee is smaller and can reach 3 meters in length and 500 pounds in weight.
- The body is dark gray in color and its leather is thick and sturdy. Have a white spot on the belly area.
- Like the marine, the Amazonian manatee is herbivorous and therefore feeds on plants found within and on river banks.