We are fortunate that Manatee swim along the waterways that host our Showroom on the Middle River. We respect the Manatee and do not actually hunt for them as we appreciate the good fortune of sharing the waterways with them in their natural habitat. We explore our river in many directions and have decided to proudly promote the Manatee by naming our Tour after them in an effort to create awareness of these very special friends. Please help us to appreciate and protect them!
Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet long and weigh as much as 1,300 pounds. Manatees are herbivores and use their flippers to “walk” along the bottom while they dig for plants and roots. When plants are detected, the flippers are used to scoop the vegetation toward the divided upper lips. They eat as much as 15% of their body weight per day from over 60 different freshwater and saltwater plants. Consuming such an amount requires the manatee to graze for up to seven hours a day. Their small, widely spaced eyes have eyelids that close in a circular manner. The adults have no incisor or canine teeth, just a set of cheek teeth that are continuously replaced throughout life.
Manatees typically breed once every two years; generally only a single calf is born. Gestation lasts about 12 months and a further 12 to 18 months to wean the calf. They emit a wide range of sounds used in communication, especially between cows and their calves. Adults communicate to maintain contact and during sexual and play behaviors. Taste and smell, in addition to sight, sound, and touch, may also be forms of communication. Manatees average swimming 3-5 mph, however they are known to swim at up to 20 mph in short bursts.
They spend approximately 50% of the day sleeping submerged, surfacing for air regularly at intervals of less than 20 minutes. The remainder of the time is mostly spent grazing in shallow waters at depths of 3–7 feet.
The main causes of death for manatees are human-related issues, such as habitat destruction or human objects. Their slow-moving curious nature has led to many collisions with propeller-driven boats and ships, leading frequently to maiming, disfigurement, and even death. As a result, a large proportion of manatees exhibit spiral cutting propeller scars on their backs, usually caused by larger vessels that do not have skegs in front of the propellers like the smaller outboard and inboard-outboard recreational boats. Natural causes of death include adverse temperatures and disease. The Florida subspecies has been known to live up to 60 years. A statewide synoptic survey in January 2010 found 5,067 manatees living in Florida, which was a new record count.
Just a friendly reminder that we treat manatee with great respect and love. Please do not touch or try to feed any Manatee. Our Tours are not too hunt Manatee, but rather to appreciate nature and create awareness to protect these kind creatures. They are simply some of the marine life that we are fortunate to see on our explorations. Because of their beauty and fascination, we have proudly named tour after them! Please take any information we have provided to get fellow boaters to slow down on these waterways create awareness to take part in protecting the Manatee.
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