MANATEE FACTS

  • Manatees have not natural predators, and are naturally trusting and very inquisitive.
  • Manatees are larger than you probably think they are, the average adult is 800 - 1200 pounds and about 10-12 feet long, but have weighed in at 3500.
  • Newborn calves weigh an average of 50-70 pounds, and are about 3-4 feet long
  • Manatees are naturally curious, and are often seen watching and touching kayaks, boats, and people, and anything else that catches their eye.
  • Manatees are typically slow swimmers, evidence of this is seen on their bodies, as many have algae and/or barnacles growing on them.
  • Manatees can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour, for short bursts of time.
  • Manatees are the source of the mermaid legend.
  • Manatees are herbivores, and eat up to 10% of their body weight daily.
  • Manatees can live up to 50-60 years.
  • Manatees generally rise to breathe every 3-5 minutes when active, and can stay submerged when sleeping, about 10-20 minutes.
  • There are approximately 5500-6000 manatees today, thanks to conservation and preservation efforts fo the past 20 years.
  • Manatees are completely non-aggressive.
  • Manatees do not live in herds, so a typical herd of manatees consists of 1 or 2, 2 being a cow and her calf.