Do you ever sit around and wonder, “What is the most majestic animal on the planet?” Well, now I have an answer for you—the manatee. I truly believe with my whole heart that manatees are the best animal ever. These adorable animals are often referred to as “sea cows” because they are large animals that move slowly, just as cows do.
Manatees are so gentle. They glide around peacefully under water, just simply living their best lives. When I watch them on the manatee live cam, which you can find on Youtube by searching “manatee live cam,” I feel only good vibes. The next time you’re having a bad day, try searching “manatee runs into glass,” “manatee rolls around” or “baby manatee with an itchy nose”. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and brighten your day.
Now, let’s get to know a little more about the manatees so we can fully appreciate them. An adult manatee is usually around nine-10 feet long and weighs 1,200 pounds. They can swim up to 15 miles per hour—pretty speedy for a big fella. Manatees can be found in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Massachusetts; so, manatees are tropical beings, and everyone loves tropical things, right? Manatees are vegetarians, and they eat 10% of their body weight in plants each day. On average, they spend eight hours a day grazing on plants. They spend 12 hours a day sleeping,coming up to the surface every few minutes to breath, of course. Let’s be real, manatees are living our dream lives, eating for eight hours and sleeping for 12. Amazing.
If I haven’t already sold you on why manatees are the best, let me give you some other reasons. Manatees are playful, loving creatures that enjoy cuddling. They hate the cold, which is something a lot of us can agree with them on. Manatees are boujee, as they are constantly being pampered by fish that clean the algae off of them. It’s like a never-ending spa treatment. I wish!
Now that I have captivated you and made you fall in love with these majestic, wonderful creatures, I am going to break your heart. The manatees are dying. They used to be on the endangered list, but they were recently moved to the threatened list, which means there are even fewer left. In 2021 so far, 593 manatees have died, mostly due to a sewage leak in one of the manatee habitats. This is tragic. How would you feel if there was a sewage leak in your living space? Probably not great. These poor animals are suffering. We can’t let them die! Everyone please go to www.savethemanatee.org to donate to this wholesome cause.
I’m sure that I have by now convinced you that the majestic manatee is the best animal ever. Please enjoy the manatees by watching them on Youtube, going to visit them in person or buying one as a pet; wouldn’t that be so awesome? Also, if you are lucky enough to have the chance to swim with the manatees, my lifelong dream, take full advantage of it! It is a privilege to spend time with these adorable animals. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and giving the manatees the attention they deserve. Save the manatees!