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Manatees, Gentle Giants of the Florida Keys

March 23rd, 2016 2:41 PM by Claire Johnson

We are so fortunate to have these gentle giants right in our own backyard!  Manatees can often be seen in various canals through out the Florida Keys.  This mama manatee was spotted with her newborn on Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada.  Females have one calf every two to five years.  The calf stays with its mother for two years, nursing off her teats - which is what I believe we are witnessing in this video.   Manatees are very gentle, skittish mammals.  They are air breathing herbivores who enjoy munching on sea grass, mangrove leaves and algae.  They are slow moving so please be on the look out when boating so you can avoid hitting these gentle sea cows.  Manatees have no natural predators but humans have played a large part in their risk of extinction.  

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