8. Manatees Like to Eat!
Manatees eat about 10 to 15 percent of their body weight each day. It takes them about 7 hours per day to graze on food.
9. Manatees Only Breath Every Few Minutes
These creatures are very solitary and spend about half of their day sleeping submerged. When resting, they only come up for air about every 20 minutes. When active, they will surface for air every three to five minutes. A manatee’s single breath can replace up to 90 percent of the air in its lungs. By comparison, one breath will only replace about 10 percent of the air in a human’s lungs.
10. Manatees Are Slow Movers
Manatees generally swim at a rate of 3 to 5 mph. By comparison, a Roomba vacuum cleaner tops out at speeds of 3.8 mph. Manatees can use their tails to swim in bursts of up to 15 mph too.
11. Manatees Are Protected By Law
There are fewer than 6,000 manatees in the world. In 2016, due to improvements in their population health, manatees were updated from “endangered” to “threatened.” Manatees are protected from being hunted or captured by U.S. law.
12. Manatees Communicate With Each Other
Manatees communicate using clicks, chirps, squeaks, squeals, and screams that are audible to humans. Even though they are known as “sea cows,” they do not moo.
If you’d like to meet and learn more about manatees while you’re here, then check out our guide to swimming with manatees in Crystal River. There are so many fun things to do in Citrus County, so start planning your getaway with us today!