The west indian manatees in florida are passive, non-aggressive, vegetarian aquatic mammals adults can grow to up to 13 feet in length (10 feet is average) and weigh an average of 800-1,200 pounds, though they can reach up to 3,000 pounds. Today, the west indian manatee is listed as an endangered species throughout its range the range of the florida manatee is primarily peninsular florida but extends as far north as rhode island manatees have been rescued near houston, texas, and mississippi. 14 fun facts about manatees (the west indian manatee is listed as endangered in the united states), if you see a manatee this spring break, look but don't touch 1. The west indian manatee has no natural predators diet manatees eat aquatic plants such as cordgrass, turtle grass, and eelgrass, and even non-native water hyacinth and hydrilla. The west indian manatee emit sounds underwater for communication with one another they may produce vocalization while expressing fear, anger or even sexual arousal the manatee is commonly referred to as a sea cow, and has earned the name based on the fact that the majority of its life is spent grazing on sea grasses.
Dugongs and manatees have been extensively hunted for their meat, hide and oil but today the major threats to the survival of the west indian manatee are collisions with the hulls and propellers of boats, and habitat loss caused by coastal development. The west indian manatee or sea cow (trichechus manatus) is commonly found in shallow coastal areas, but can also be found in shallow rivers, estuaries, and canals in the united states this species is concentrated around florida in the winter months and migrates as far north as virginia and as far west as louisiana in summer months. The west indian manatee ranges along the north american east coast from florida to brazil the amazonian manatee species inhabit the amazon river and the african manatee swims along the west coast.
The west indian manatee lives in the southern and eastern united states, although a few vagrants have been known to reach the bahamas, according to the iucn habits manatees often swim alone or. The west indian manatee's range is from the southern united states throughout the caribbean islands, central america, and to northern south america in the united states, the florida manatee, a sub-species of the west indian manatee, inhabits the state's coastal waters, rivers and springs. West indian manatee nps photo while some claim the west indian manatee is ugly, with a face only a mother could love, most people are drawn to this marine creature, describing it as homely and having the appeal of a plump grandmother with flippers like oven mitts, outstretched as if inviting a hug. The west indian manatee (trichechus manatus) or sea cow, also known as american manatee, is the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order sirenia (which also includes the dugong and the extinct steller's sea cow.
The west indian manatee is a large gray aquatic mammal that commonly reaches a body length of nine to ten feet (27-3 meters) and a weight of 1,000 pounds (45366 kilograms) however, it can grow to more than 13 feet (four meters) and weight up to 3,500 pounds (15876 kilograms. The west indian manatee is found to live in the southern part of the atlantic ocean they are also found in the caribbean the antillean manatees can be found in the caribbean, mexico, and south america all the way down to brazil.
The west indian manatee is usually silent but it does vocalize with squeals, chirps, and screams the west indian manatee is an endangered species in the united states it has few natural predators, but because it swims so slowly it is often injured or killed by boat propellers. West indian manatees are usually seen in rivers, canals, estuaries, bays, and coastal areas where there is ample seagrass and vegetation the specialty of the species is that they can survive in freshwater as well as saline or salt water. Habitat manatees inhabit coastal waters, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, lagoons and saltwater bays they will migrate to warm waters in the winter west african and west indian manatees need water that is at least 60 degrees fahrenheit (156 degrees celsius. The west indian and west african manatees live in rivers, bays, estuaries, and coastal areas they can move freely between freshwater and saltwater habitats the amazonian manatee is restricted to the freshwater amazon basin.
West indian manatees, also commonly known as sea cows, are aquatic mammals found in the waters around the caribbean. The west indian manatee is related to the west african manatee, the amazonian manatee, the dugong, and steller's sea cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768 the average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds. West indian manatees have no natural enemies and it is believed that they can live for 60 years or more many manatee mortalities are human realted however, loss of habitat is the most serios threat facing manatees today. Usfws species profile for the west indian manatee (trichechus manatus) including information about species listing status, federal register publications, recovery, critical habitat, conservation planning, petitions, and life history.
Reaching up to 13 feet (4 meters) long and weighing as many as 1,300 pounds (600 kilograms), west indian manatees look more like small cars than people despite their large size, manatees are graceful swimmers. Primary threats to the west indian manatee include habitat loss and fragmentation, entanglements in fishing gear, collisions with boats, and others the most significant problems presently faced by florida manatees is the loss of warm water habitat, and death and injury from boat strikes. Page 4-27 west indian manatee multi-species recovery plan for south florida allopatric species: the amazonian manatee (t inunguis), the west africanmanatee (t senegalensis), and the west indian manatee (t manatus.