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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Manatee-Human Comparison

 
 
The Manatee-Human Comparison Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
1. The Manatee-Human Comparison Marker
Inscription.  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.

Mammals
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.

Hair
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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 26° 41.59′ 

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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. 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 Anatomy of a Manatee (here, next to this marker); Manatee Island (here, next to this marker); Butterflies of Lee County (here, next to this marker); Explore Southwest Florida Naturally! (here, next to this marker); The Florida Manatee (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
 
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 1,437 times since then and 98 times this year. Photo   1. 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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