What’s a Manatee? They’re dark and wrinkly with hardly any hair. They have a narrow tail that moves up and down to help them float. Their two little flippers on their upper body are used to help them eat and to steer when they float. There are nails on their flippers to help them dig when looking for food.
They are very unique creatures. It is said that manatees were once land dwelling animals and that about 50 million years ago they left land to the sea. They continue to breathe air, but gradually developed their bodies for life in the water.
Although manatees are very large they are among the gentlest creatures. These stunning animals are very much endangered. A lot of this is do to boating accidents, but there are many other reasons for their falling numbers that are all mostly due to humans.
Manatees might not be as amazing as mermaids but the gentle, fun loving mammals are beautiful in their own right. It is said that Christopher Columbus claims to have seen mermaids in the Caribbean Sea on his way to the West Indies. However he told his friends that these”mermaids” were not as beautiful as he had seen in paintings. What he possibly saw were colonies of manatee.
If you would take the time to get to really know these magnificent animals you could not help but fall in love with them as I have.
There are many different avenues you can take if you would like to help save these magnificent creatures. You can adopt a manatee, contribute to a charity, and help keep our oceans clean are among a number of them.