West Indian Manatee
West African Manatee
Trichechus manatus

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Sirenia
Family Trichechidae
Genus Trichechus
Species • T. manatus
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
The West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) is a large ocean dwelling mammal that eats sea grass. This manatee is common in coastal areas, canals, saltwater bays, slow-moving rivers, and estuaries.

They live in southern Florida and sometimes south Georgia. These fragile animals commonly need to be rescued, and often get ran over by speeding boats, which can badly injure them.

The manatee is Vulnerable (VU), meaning it is either Critically Endangered or Endangered.

Conservation StatusEdit

The West Indian Manatee is very much in danger for many reasons. Many manatees are losing food because of sea walls from houses built on canals, slow-moving rivers, saltwater bays, and other coatal areas where manatees live. Another annoyance to the manatees is the fact that many boats going at high speed may catch a manatee and either injure it or even kill it.


Manatee - The Gentle Giant

Manatee - The Gentle Giant

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated