The manatee is a slow moving mammal found, in the United States, in Florida. It is also known as the "sea cow" although it is more closely related to the elephant.
Living in water, they can hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes.
They are plant eaters, and can eat up to 10% of their body weight in plant matter each day.
The West Indian manatee, along with two other manatee species, are endangered. Here are some fun facts about manatees. Sadly, their only real enemy in the wild is man.
They can be run over by boats - manatees are no match for boaters.
Humans in Florida have finally woken up to the importance of saving the manatee.
In winter, manatees gather in several spots in Florida, where the water is warm, to winter. In turn, people come from all over the world to see them.
Here's Blue Springs itself. At one time, before the state took the land, this was a swimming hole. Now, no swimming is permitted during manatee season (from November into early March). In spring, the manatees disperse and that's it for mass viewings until late fall.
And a sign educating the public about manatees and how to help protect these treasures of Florida.
Have you ever seen a manatee?