Manatees live in oceans and rivers. Their range spans the tropical Atlantic region. The three species of manatee live along the east coast of the Americas and in the Caribbean, in the Amazon river basin, and in western Africa, respectively.Continue Reading
The best known species of manatee is the West Indian manatee. The Florida manatee is actually a subspecies of the West Indian. The West Indian manatee lives in warm waters off the coast of Central America, rivers in the south eastern region of the United States and in the open ocean surrounding the West Indies.
Amazonian manatees are entirely freshwater animals that live in slow-moving rivers and streams in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Guyana.
West African manatees are the least known species. They live along the coast of West Africa and in various interior rivers. They have been found as far inland as Chad, which is landlocked.Learn more about Marine Mammals
As of 2015, the Florida Manatee Recovery Plan is working in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enable sea cows, or manatees, to be removed from the endangered species list. Some of the steps taken include the development of boat speed zones that are site specific, the required use of boat propeller guards, and posting speed signs with regulatory fines for violators. The plan is also designed to increase public awareness through education and manatee research.Full Answer >
Most of the food eaten by manatees is composed of plants that grow in freshwater and salty environments, since they are herbivores. They eat freshwater plants, such as water celery, musk grass, hyacinth, alligator weed, pickerelweed, hydrilla and water lettuce. Salt water plants eaten by manatees include marine algae, sea grasses, turtle grass, widgeon grass, shoal grass and manatee grass.Full Answer >
Blue whales live in all the oceans across the globe. They are migratory, and travel great distances at different times in their lives. The three main regions where blue whales are found are the North Atlantic, the North Pacific and the Southern hemisphere.Full Answer >
Blue whales have a worldwide distribution and can be found in all the world's oceans. They travel extensively, feeding heavily in cool waters and migrating to warm waters to breed and give birth.Full Answer >