Manatees

November is manatee awareness month so we're celebrating with a gallery of these aquatic mammals, also known as sea cows. With voracious appetites, these herbivores can eat a tenth of their own body weight in just 24 hours, which is pretty impressive as they can weigh up to 1,300 pounds! Despite their large size, manatees are very graceful swimmers and - in short bursts - can swim as much as 15 miles in an hour. Sadly, manatee populations are under threat from habitat destruction, pollution and motor boat injuries.

 
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