West Indian Manatee

Endangered wetland spieces

Wetlands

They are transition zones where, the cycling of nutrients, and the energy of the sun meet to produce a unique ecosystem characterized by hydrology, soils, and vegetation.

How people can protect wetlands in their everyday lives?

The state and local governments need to be encouraged to establish programs to effectively protect wetlands. Also individual landowners and corporations own many of the nation's wetlands, they are in a key position to determine the fate of wetlands on their properties. Last, all citizens can help protect wetlands by supporting wetlands conservation initiatives.


Picture on the West Indian Manatee.

FACTS

Manatees live in muddy bays, lagoons, rivers, and seas in tropical and subtropical regions. West Indian manatees can survive in both fresh and salt water. Manatees cant survive in water temperatures below 46 degrees Fahrenheit. for this reason, these animals migrate to warmer bodies of water in the winter. Manatees have very large, round bodies which can measure between 8 and 14 feet. For many years people hunted manatees for their meat, oil, and hides. Most countries now protect manatees from hunting. Pollution and loss of habitat threaten manatees. Manatees move slowly and swim just below the surface. Boats and their propellers frequently injure or kill manatees when they hit them. Most of them live on their own but there is sometimes were there was 200 in a group. A normal life span of them is 30 years.

Work Cited

Works Cited

Animal Port. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. <http://www.animalport.com/endangered-animals/endangered-wetland-animals.html>.

EPA. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. <http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/protection.cfm>.

"West Indian manatee." Encyclopedia of Animals. Vol. 1. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. EBSCOhost. Web. 12 Apr. 2013. <http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=4&sid=fba58367-77b5-43f8-af33-5693616b0ca8%40sessionmgr104&hid=125&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=prh&AN=20072380>.