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Facility to draw visitors as new Palm Beach County area attraction RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., Dec.
About 10 million years into the current Cenozoic Era, or roughly 56 million years ago, during a climate that was hot and wet, two groups of mammals moved from land to water. These were the cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the sirenians, with its sea cows, manatees and dugongs.
Sirenians, or sea cows, are a particular group of mammals that superficially resembles whales in having, amongst other features, a streamlined-body and horizontal tail fluke.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, the number of manatee deaths in 2013 has already reached a record high of 769 fatalities and there are still two months left to go in the year.
During the winter, manatees in Florida rely on warm-water refuges in the southern peninsula, and consistently return to one more specific areas.
A red algae bloom, also known as Red Tide, is currently killing a record number of manatees living off the coast of Florida.
An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline.
A new fossil discovered in Tunisia represents the oldest known ancestor of modern-day sea cows, supporting the African origins of these marine mammals.
The Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis) is a species that can be found in the Amazon Basin, in a range that extends through Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela. It resides in freshwater habitats within these areas. This species is thought to reach a body length of 9.2 feet and females can weigh between 790 and 1,200 pounds, typically growing larger than males. It is grey in color, but can appear to be brown, and it has thick, wrinkled skin that holds little hair. Hair...
The African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is thought to be similar to the West Indian manatee. Its other common names include the seacow and the West African manatee. It is native to Africa, specifically Senegal to Angola and West Africa. Its range also includes Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana, among other regions. They can live in many water habitats including freshwater, oceans, brackish water, and lagoons. However, they will not live anywhere with a temperature...
The West Indian Manatee, Trichechus manatus, is the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia. It is found along the coastal waters of the West Indies, generally in shallow areas. However, it is known to withstand large changes in water salinity, and so have also been found in shallow rivers and estuaries. These animals are limited to the tropics and subtropics due to an extremely low metabolic rate and lack of thick insulating body fat. Although in the summer they can be...
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