There are two groups of
manatees found in the oceans waters. The Caribean manatee is found
in the Caribean Sea, along the northeasten coast of South America,
and the coastal waters of the southeastern United States. The African
manatee lives in rivers and in the coastal waters of western Africa.
They are basicly herbivores, eating plants that grow in deep waters or
plants that are found on the surface. The manatee grows to be about
10 to 13 feet and weighs about 3,500 pounds. A manatee can eat up
to 100 pounds of food a day. The manatee is a slow moving sea animal.
It is endangered because it is hunted for its hide, flesh, and oils.
Many have also been hit by passing motor boats because the manatee is so
slow. The manatee is being protected from hunting wherever it lives.
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