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More manatee love today!
Did you know?
- Sailors once mistook manatees for mermaids! The scientific name for the zoological order manatees belong to, Sirenia, comes from the word “siren,” a sea creature from Greek mythology whose beautiful songs lured sailors to shipwreck.
- West Indian manatees can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes underwater, but usually surface every few minutes for air.
- They swim at an average speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour.
- And they spend 10 to 12 hours a day sleeping — We’re oh-so-jealous!