West Indian Manatees

Trichechus manatus

The West Indian Manatee is found in the coastal plains of North Carolina, in both salt and fresh water. It is endangered due to coastal development taking up and polluting its habitat. It is also harmed by cold fronts that interfere with the climate needed for manatees to survive.


The SMC works to help manatees survive by educating people on the manatees and what can harm them. Other people help by cleaning up areas around the beach so that there is less pollution.

Citations

Information

http://www.fws.gov/nc-es/mammal/manatee.html

http://www.savethemanatee.org/manfcts.htm


Photos

animals.mom.me

www.fws.gov

mainenewsonline.com

sirenian.org