This is the sixth installment of 12 Things to Experience on an Everglades Airboat Tour which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.
Manatees are truly amazing creatures, which you may have the opportunity to see on your Everglades airboat tour. The manatee is Florida’s state marine mammal, and is a large aquatic relative of the elephant. Florida Manatees are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin. Because of their size and the way they “graze” around, feeding on vegetation in the water, manatees are also fondly referred to as Sea Cows.
The front flippers of manatees help them steer or sometimes crawl through shallow water. They also have powerful flat tails that help propel them through the water. Despite their small eyes and lack of outer ears, manatees are thought to see and hear quite well. Manatees are large aquatic mammals, which means they are warm blooded, breathe air, don’t lay eggs, and nurse their young with milk.
Manatees also have a type of “hair”. Because fur gets heavy and cold when it is wet, manatees don’t need it. Instead, they have whiskers on their skin, as well as thick layers of fat to keep them warm. Here are some interesting facts about manatees:
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