Both diurnal and nocturnal, Manatees are herbivores that subsist on aquatic grasses and floating vegetation such as water lilies. They do most of their feeding during the wet season, fasting for weeks or even months due to the lack of plants available during the dry season. Manatees are gentle and sometimes social animals that typically live alone or in small groups of four to eight.
The Amazonian Manatee’s strengths are their size and ability to hold their breath underwater.
Manatees are large and slow-moving, which makes them vulnerable to hunters.
Best Animal to Adapt With: The Amazonian Manatee is very wise but lacks speed and agility. For this reason, he’s perfectly suited to adapt with speedy Harpy Eagle and the nimble Golden Lion Tamarin.
Manatees have no natural predators. Their only enemy is man.
Increasing Their Survival Rate
The Amazonian Manatee is consider endangered by the IUCN. They have long been hunted for their hides, oil and bones. Other threats include lack of food supplies due to deforestation, drowning in commercial fishing nets and accidentals involving boat propellers. For more info and to learn how to help, visit the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF).
Many years ago, there were legends that many sailors saw Manatees shape shift into mermaids out at sea.