West Indian manatee

• West Indian manatees eat water plants.
• They are slow and friendly.
• A West Indian manatee can eat more than 100 pounds of plants in a day.
• They may grow to 13 feet long and weigh up to 3,500 pounds.
• Their upper lips are divided into two halves, which close like a pair of pliers on plants.
• There are less than 2,000 manatees living in the U.S.

Where do they live?
Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Why are they endangered?
Overhunting
Habitat destruction
Boats

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