Florida Manatee


  • Manatees are gentle and slow-moving animals.
  • Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and traveling.
  • Florida manatees are found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal water ecosystems of the southeastern United States.
  • The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds.

Cause Of Endangered

  • The main causes of death for manatees are human-related issues, such as habitat destruction and human objects
  • the Florida manatee is entanglement in fishing gear, manatees can easily get themselves entangled in fishing line while feeding.


Manatees have received protection under Florida state law since 1893, when penalties were first created for the capture or killing of a manatee.

The 1939 manatee protection law enabled the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission to fence off manatee habitats.