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Friday, January 8, 2010

Humans can learn something from Manatees





 Manatees find warm water in Citrus County
Reported by: Erik Waxler

CRYSTAL RIVER, FL -- "Hundreds of manatees are here, in and around Three Sisters Spring. More manatees than most people have ever seen."

"You can see there are so many manatees in here because of the cold weather. They are in here to stay warm. They are not here to eat or do anything but stay warm," said Charlie Slider with Manatee Tour & Dive.

"The water is 72 degrees, about 20 degrees warmer than the gulf."

"And the manatees know exactly where to go, inside the specially designated sanctuaries"


Source:http://www.abcactionnews.com/content/news/local/citrus-hernando/story/Manatees-find-warm-water-in-Citrus-County/0XF91rkbtkWzYDC7uaPgrg.cspx


Alot of birds fly south for the winter, other animals hibernate, and now we find out that Manatees are smart enough to seek out warmer waters in the winter.So why do we humans stay where we are in the coldness of the winter?  And some people think humans are so much smarter than other animals on our planet? lol


Here is some information about Manatees:

"Manatees (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large, fully aquatic marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. The name manati comes from the Taino, a pre-Columbian people of the Caribbean, meaning 'breast'. They contain 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)."

"Manatees are mainly herbivores, (that means they eat mainly plants for their diet) spending most of their time grazing in shallow waters and at depths of 1-2 meters (3-7 ft). Much of the knowledge about manatees is based upon research done in Florida and cannot necessarily be attributed to all types of manatees. Generally, manatees have a mean mass of 400-550 kg (900-1200 lb), and mean length of 2.8-3.0 m (9-10 ft), with maximums of 3.6 meters and 1,775 kg seen (the females tend to be larger and heavier). When born, baby manatees have an average mass of 30 kg."

"Manatees inhabit the shallow, marshy coastal areas and rivers of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico (T. manatus, West Indian Manatee), the Amazon Basin (T. inunguis, Amazonian Manatee), and West Africa (T. senegalensis, West African Manatee). A fourth species, the Dwarf Manatee (T. bernhardi) was recently proposed for a population found in the Brazilian Amazon."

"Half a manatee's day is spent sleeping in the water, surfacing for air regularly at intervals no greater than 20 minutes."

 "Florida Manatees (T. m. latirostris) have been known to live up to 60 years, and they can move freely between different salinity extremes;
They emit a wide range of sounds used in communication, especially between cows and their calves, yet also between adults to maintain contact and during sexual and play behaviors. They may use taste and smell, in addition to sight, sound, and touch, to communicate. Manatees are capable of understanding discrimination tasks, and show signs of complex associated learning and advanced long term memory. They demonstrate complex discrimination and task-learning similar to dolphins and pinnipeds in acoustic and visual studies."

"Most of a Manatee's day  is spent eating vegetation (100-150 lbs. per day), resting and traveling. On average manatees can travel about 40 to 50 miles a day, sometimes farther."

"Manatees are mammals and breath air throughtheir noses at the surface - with nostrils which close tightly when submerged. They breath every few minutes when active or swimming, and every 10 to 15 minutes when resting. They are capable of exchanging 98% of their lungs capacity in one breath."

"Manatees are found in coastal waterways, estuaries, salt water bays, rivers and canals, particularly where seagrass beds are located. Manatees are completely herbivorous and can eat 10-15% of their bodyweight daily."

Source of information:  http://www.homesafe.com/manatee/manatee-facts.html

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