Historic Markers Across Florida

The Manatee-Human Comparison

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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 Manatee-Human Comparison

Though a manatee's appearance is far from what you might see in your bathroom mirror, humans and manatee are more closely related than you might think.

Breathe Air
Manatees have lungs just like humans. When active, they surface every three to five minutes to breathe.
When resting, manatee can hold their breath up to 20 minutes at a time.

Both manatee and humans are classified as mammals. Mammals are warm-blooded animals that have hair. Mammals give live birth and nourish their young with milk. Manatee calves can remain dependent on thier mothers for milk up to two years.

Bone Structure
A manatee's flippers bones look very similar to the finger bones of a human. However, manatee bones are much heavier.

The hair of a manatee is distributed sparsely over its entire body.
A manatee has little whisker-like hairs on their snout called vibrissae, which are extremely sensitive.

Photographs of this marker can be found on HMDB.org