Amazonian Manatee

Amazonian Manatee
Amazonian Manatees are aquatic mammals, closely related to the elephant and the hyrax, that spend their entire lives in the warm, shallow waters of the Amazon River Basin. Sometimes called “sea cows,” these grey-colored, cylindrically-shaped mammals grow between 10 and 12 feet long and weigh approximately 1,000-1,800 pounds. Manatees are slow but graceful swimmers, powering themselves with their strong, flattened tail and two flexible flippers located close to their head. While they never leave the water, Manatees usually surface every few minutes to breathe while swimming, though when resting, they can remain submerged for more than 10 minutes. Only their nostrils break the water’s surface when they rise to breathe.

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.


  • Agility: 3/10

  • Charisma: 6/10

  • Intelligence: 7/10

  • Speed: 3/10

  • Stamina: 6/10

  • Strength: 6/10

  • Wisdom: 8/10

  • TOTAL: 39/70
Strengths
The Amazonian Manatee’s strengths are their size and ability to hold their breath underwater.

Weaknesses
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.

Enemies
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).

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Folklore
Many years ago, there were legends that many sailors saw Manatees shape shift into mermaids out at sea.