Did you know?
- Adult manatees can weigh up to 3,000 pounds (the average adult manatee weighs around 1,000 pounds).
- Manatee teeth are continually replaced.
- Manatees spend 6-8 hours a day feeding!
- Manatees communicate using clicks and squeals.
- Florida manatees can live in freshwater, brackish and saltwater environments. They prefer to swim in waters that are less than 20 feet deep.
- It is illegal to pet, feed or give water to manatees, as this teaches manatees to approach docks and boats, where they are at risk of being hit by boats.
- The largest single cause of manatee mortality is collisions with watercraft.
- During winter months, you can view manatees via live webcams at Blue Spring State Park. Archived videos are also available. www.savethemanatee.org/savethemanateecam.html
Manatee Activities (K-5th grade)
Suggested activities are listed by grade level:
Kindergarten-1st grade (1.41 MB pdf)
2nd-3rd Grade (1.10 MB pdf)
4th-5th grade (2.02 MB pdf)
Save the Manatee Club coloring book (Grades 2-3; 382 KB pdf)
Save the Manatee Club teacher's guide (1.84 MB pdf)
FWC manatee activity book (Grades 3-5; 1.76 MB pdf)
3rd Grade Manatee Curriculum
An 18-lesson manatee curriculum correlated to Florida's Sunshine State Standards (language arts, math, social studies and science) is now available. This curriculum was created by Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd. View more information and download the curriculum here.