West Indian Manatee

Wanted ALIVE

The Manatee

Manatees are completely herbivorous. They eat aquatic plants and can consume 10-15% of their body weight daily in vegetation. Manatees feed on about 60 plant species, which include sea grasses as their major food source. They also consume some fish and small invertebrates. Because manatees feed on abrasive plants, their molars are often worn down and are continually replaced throughout life, so are called "marching molars".