Belize Manatee Conservation

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Antillean Manatee Fast Facts


The Antillean manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee as is the Florida manatee.

All West Indian manatees share these characteristics: they are gray or brown with two flippers that have 3-4 nails (they don’t really hold food with their flippers except in captivity when they’re fed lettuce). The females are larger than males. The Antillean manatee is slightly smaller than the Florida manatee.

What they eat
The Antillean manatee is primarily herbivorous and feeds on a wide variety of submerged, floating, and shoreline vegetation.

440 to 1,320 lbs.

8.5 – 11.5 feet

Greatest Threats

Human threats include entanglement in fishing gear, hunting – though it is illegal and lack of public awareness of how to protect this gentle marine animal. All manatees face the threat of injury or death from cold stress if they lack access to warm waters.


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