International Manatee Day

Could not think of a better day to start the blog!

Today is International Manatee Day!
Fact: After reaching sexual maturity at 4-7 years, female manatees give birth to an average of one calf every two or three years. The calf stays with its mother for up to 2½ years.

Fact: Manatees are protected under both the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 that lists them as endangered and under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

Learn more: http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A007