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Manatees (Trichechus)

Posted By octavio campos, Monday, June 16, 2008

Manatees (family.. Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large, fully aquatic marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. The name manatí comes from the Taino which are the original peoples of the Caribbean, meaning "breast". They comprise three of the four living species in the order Sirenia, the other being the dugong, which is native to the Eastern Hemisphere. The Sirenia is thought to have evolved from four-legged land mammals over 60 million years ago, with the closest living relatives being the Proboscidea (elephants) and Hyracoidea (hyraxes).[1]


Although manatees have few natural predators (sharks, crocodiles, orcas and alligators), all three species of manatee are listed by the World Conservation Union as vulnerable to extinction. The current main threat to manatees in the United States is being struck with boats or slashed with propellers. Sometimes manatees can live through strikes, and over fifty deep slashes and permanent scars have been observed on some manatees off the Florida coast.[5] However, the wounds are often fatal, and the lungs may even pop out through the chest cavity.[5] It is illegal under federal and Florida law to cause the manatees injury or harm.[5]



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