Sea cow is a sweet pet name given to these giant manatees reflecting their somewhat physical resemblance with cows. It is delightful to spot this animal swimming on its back with an exposed snout and flippers. They often hang out in large groups (up to 100 individuals) or could go en route on solo adventures. Cold water forces them to migrate towards warmer regions, especially when the sea water temperature falls below 18°C. Moreover, naturally warm water springs or power plant lagoons serve as refugia against cold water.
The downward muzzle helps them to snip and devour aquatic plants like seagrasses and water hyacinths. They might prefer to add small fish to their plates on special occasions. Each flipper has three to four fingernails that help them stand out among other related species.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No