The manatee is an inspiring animal. Often mistaken for its cousin, the dugong, the manatee is a gentle creature that resides in the Florida Everglades. Fortunately, the effort is up to keep the manatee alive.
The manatee is an aquatic mammal. It is much like a dolphin or a whale in that it resides in water. However, it is more related to a cow because of its size. The manatee can grow up to 400 pounds and about eight feet long. Hence, that gives it the nickname "sea cow." I mean literally, it's the size of a cow! That means the Everglades have to give the manatees lots of room.
Manatees are some of nature's "gentle giants." Because they are judged mostly on their size, people think manatees, like hippos, are ferocious. They are really some of the most gentle animals in the sea.
The manatee's main cause of death is being run over by boaters. This problem can be solved by designating a manatee conservation area where boaters aren't allowed. This would maintain a steady manatee population, keeping these "gentle giants" safe to fascinate us for many generations to come.
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