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The Anatomy of a Manatee

 
 
The Anatomy of a Manatee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
1. The Anatomy of a Manatee Marker
Inscription.  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
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 26° 41.59′ N, 81° 46.656′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on Palm Beach Boulevard. Marker is located inside park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore Southwest Florida Naturally! (here, next to this marker); The Florida Manatee (here,

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next to this marker); Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park ? (here, next to this marker); Other Visitors to Manatee Park (here, next to this marker); Freshwater Wetlands Habitat (here, next to this marker); The Manatee-Human Comparison (here, next to this marker); Manatee Island (here, next to this marker); Butterflies of Lee County (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
The Anatomy of a Manatee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
2. The Anatomy of a Manatee Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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