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report on the Northern Manatee - The Manatee My report is on the manatee specifically the Northern Manatee better known as the West Indies or West Indian Manatee The scientific name of the Northern Manatee is Trichechus Manatus The Manatee is a versatile animal when it comes to its habitat It lives mostly in shallow salt water although it has been known to live in freshwater and deep salt water The Northern Manatees main population is in rivers in Florida and the Caribbean Isles and Sea although there are exceptions such as if the manatee gets hurt it may go to SeaWorld or places like it to be healed and recover The Northern Manatee can and has adapted to humans in its habitat Since the Northern Manatee has no natural predators it can live in any shallow salt water and comes to many areas with live coral reefs The Northern Manatee grows inside its mother for a year or more before the calf is born The calf stays with its mother for around two years At birth the Manatee is a little more than three feet 1 meter long and weighs from 25 to 60 pounds Adult manatees are on average seven to twelve feet in length although some have been known to grow up to fifteen feet The manatee is one of the only marine mammals Unlike most mammals the manatee does not have calves every year The female manatee has one calf every two to three years The Northern Manatee swims at an easy pace of five miles an hour If the animal is frightened it swims at a faster pace of fifteen miles an hour The manatee eats underwater vegetation using its weak front flippers to push the food into their mouth The manatee can eat up to one hundred pounds of underwater vegetation a day The manatee has a round powerful flat tail The tail is the manatees
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