1 Manatees are marine mammals and breath air through their nostrils.
2 Manatees belong to an order of marine mammals called the Sirenians. Dugongs are the other member of this family. Stellar sea cows were also a member of this family, but, they were hunted to extinction within 27 years of their discovery.
3 Manatees can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
4 Manatees closest modern relative is the elephant. Evidence of this relationship is easy to spot – both animals have three to four fingernails.
5 Manatees are typically pretty slow, but, can swim up to 20 mph.
6There are four species of manatees: the West Indian Manatee, the Florida Manatee (technically a subspecies of the West Indian species), the Amazonian Manatee and the West African Manatee.
7Manatees are credited for being the basis for the mermaid legend.
8 Manatees are herbivores.
9 Manatees can live up to 60 years old.
10 Manatees have no natural predators, but, they are peril.