Historic Markers Across Florida

The Anatomy of a Manatee

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Location: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 41.59    W 081° 46.656
  26.69316666    -81.7776
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMV4KQ


The Anatomy of a Manatee

Manatees are large, brownish-gray, seal-shaped marine mammals.
Adult manatees can grow up to 13 feet and weigh up to 3,000 pounds.
Female manatees are usually larger than males.

Skeleton not fat
A majority of a manatee's body weight does not come from fat or blubber, but from its skeleton. Manatees have a thin layer of fat between the surface of their skin and their muscles. Manatee bones are solid, heavy and help the manatee stay submerged underwater using little energy.

How do you compare?

Average man 5 feet tall 170 pounds
Average manatee 10 feet long 1,000 pounds

Photographs of this marker can be found on HMDB.org