mbt outlet nike jerseys nfl abercrombie discount moncler chaquetas meizitang soft gel tiffany australia

Manatee JunctionTM

Sirenia Vitals & Statistics

Previous Table Of Contents Info Next

Anatomy continued

Senses: The manatee have very tiny, hard to find, ear openings yet have very large internal ear bones which help provide them a good sense of hearing. They communicate by making chirping, squeaking, and whistling noises using their larynx, the same "voice box" as most mammals. Manatees can see colors and appear to have no trouble detecting objects at distances over thirty feet. Manatee biologists, believe that manatees can both taste and smell. Touch seems to be important to manatees as they appear to engage in a lot of body contact while socializing with their herd. The small hairs which sparsely cover the skin may be used by the manatee to detect contact.

Swimming Speed

Cruising: 2 mph Flight: 15 mph.

Land Dwelling Relatives

The elephant (Proboscidea), hyrax (Hyracoidea), aardvark (Tubulidentata) and manatee are descendants from a common ancestor and are considered "subungulates". Only the aardvark is not herbivorous, all the others primarily eat vegetation.

Previous Table Of Contents Info Next

All text and photographs on these pages are (c) Copyright 1995-97 by Shannon Clyde. All rights reserved. Manny The Manatee and Manatee Junction are trademarks and are the exclusive property of Shannon Clyde. All other service marks, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective companies.