1. They are related to the elephant. They have toe nails on their flippers and their nose is prehensile like the elephants nose.
2. The 'tail' is called a fluke, and the narrow part of the body between their main body and their fluke is called a puduncle. I'm not sure how this is spelled, but I know it's called that. The whale and the dolphin's are called the same thing.
3. They are friendly, harmless creatures whose main enemy are the humans. Many many are killed and injured every year by boats. Every manatee we saw (with the exception of one) had many scars on their backs.
They are so cute. Love love love them!
Here are the videos I took of the manatees. There are several, but they are so cool! Please watch.
The manatee below was the only one that we saw that was uninjured...no boat scars at all. AND it LOVED BayLea! She got to rub the manatee and the manatee kept coming back for more. It hugged BayLea's hand with it's flippers.
I think this video is a very short video of a baby manatee coming to it's mother to nurse. The mother manatee nurses her baby from a place behind her flipper.
OKay, this one isn't real great, I obviously didn't know the camera was recording, but it shows Jery, Breccan and BayLea for a few minutes, plus a manatee below them.
This one is short, but so cute!
This one is cute too...
Okay...I'm done. We had so much fun with the manatees, and this will be something we do again. We all loved it, and felt the magic of seeing them so close up!