MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY

MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY

Having a lifespan of about 60 years, manatees are calm herbivores with no known natural enemies that spend most of their time eating, sleeping and traveling.  These spectacular mammals have their day of honor each year on the last Wednesday in March, as people across the country celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day.

Manatees like slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries and coastal areas.  As a migratory species, they inhabit the Florida waters during the winter and move as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the summer months.

 The most significant challenge manatees face today is the loss of habitat. Currently, there are approximately 3,200 manatees living in the United States. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ManateeApprecicationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of Manatee Appreciation Day.

D. K. Smith

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