Category Archives: Animals

The Sea Cow

The local manatee, or sea cow, named Randy has been visiting Elbow Cay Harbour, so I though I should tell you a few facts about this marine mammal.

  1.  Did you know that manatees eat 7-15% of their body weight each day?
  2.  The closest relatives to the manatee is the elephant.
  3. Manatees can weigh up to 2,000 pounds!
  4. Manatees have three to four nails on each flipper.
  5. Their brains are smooth.
  6. They have no natural predators.
  7. Manatees are normally slow but they can swim up to 20 mph.
  8. They can live up to 60 years old.
  9. There are four types of manatees:  the West Indian Manatee, the Florida Manatee, the Amazonian Manatee, and the West African Manatee.
  10. Finally,  manatees are nearsighted and can see in blue, green, and gray—but not red!                                                                                                                                                                         By: Jack