WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2016 – You have to be heartless to not love the lumbering, yet graceful, manatee,
whose only real threat is man. Or to be precise, man and his motorboat.
The manatees are of the family Trichechidae and are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. Their name has ancient roots, and the name “manatí” comes from the Taíno, a pre-Columbian people of the Caribbean, meaning “beast.”
There are three living species of Trichechidae, representing three of the four living species in the order Sirenia: the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), and the West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) (source: Wikipedia).
Manatees are large, measuring up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long and can weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg).
The Good News Network shares some good news for the manatee, and it’s a perfect excuse to listen to John Lithgow’s ode to the manatee.