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Herbivores

Two Florida (West Indian) Manatees, Crystal River, Florida

“Playful Sea Cows”

November 2, 2022

By Kimmy Foulds

November is Manatee Awareness Month to honor the adorable cow referred marine mammals with majestic awe and wonder.

This is a breathtaking annual opportunity to celebrate Florida’s state coastal mammal and raise awareness about the ongoing threats to playful manatees in their aquatic habitat. They are mesmerizing to observe their own amusement by performing barrel rolls and body surfing to entertain themselves.

These plant eater herbivores graze on seagrasses and other submerged vegetation up to eight hours a day. Around noon, these still-floating sea cows slumber as they suspend themselves upside down close to the surface so they can rest and breathe at the same time.

In 1979, the Sunshine State recognized the need to designate manatee protection zones in the warm water areas where manatees gather during the winter and bring attention to saving these glorious creatures.

For more informative knowledge on Florida’s beautiful manatees and references, visit Save The Manatee.

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