Manatee Awareness Month
Let's Make it a National Holiday!
Two Florida Manatee
Two Adult Florida Manatees
A Baby Manatee in a Florida Zoo
This Young Manatee Lives in a Florida Zoo
Man With Manatee Waring Sign
A Man with a Sign Informing about the Manatees Swimming Below. Please Slow Manatees Below
Why Should We Make it a Holiday?
We should make it a holiday because people need to know about manatees. I believe that the knowledge of manatees could help us unite to help save them. Another reason we should make it a national holiday because we as a country must understand our role in protecting the species. Finally we should make it a national holiday because the manatee is the official marine animal of Florida but is also beloved by many all over the United states. Let's work together to make it a national holiday and to save the manatee!
The average adult manatee is 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1200 pounds. Manatees spend most of their time eating and eat sea grasses and other sea plants. These large animals eat about 10-15% of their body weight daily. Manatees can stay under water for up to 20 minutes at a time. They have no natural predators and can live up to 60 years in the wild. Sadly many manatees have been killed or injured by boat collisions.