Cows of the Sea

ManateeDid you know April is the National Manatee Awareness month? Manatees are large, herbivorous and seal-like mammals which live in the marshy coastal areas of the Amazon Basin, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Though manatees are often referred to as sea cows, their closest living relative is actually the elephant. Manatees can weigh up to 1,200 pounds and grow to a length of 9 feet. Baby manatees can way up to 60 pounds when they are born. That is one big baby! The oldest manatee in captivity is named Snooty and was born on July 21, 1948. It will turn 62 this year. Manatees are vulnerable to extinction and April was designated as Manatee Awareness Month in order to publicize the dangers manatees currently face, both from humans and nature.