Manatee: The Real Gentle Giant

This topic submitted by Nathan Snedeker ( at 10:28 PM on 3/29/06.

Astronomy at Western--Even Mel's snake " Louise" gets into it!

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

I would like to teach the class about the different types of manatees, their migration range and habitats, and the different conservation efforts that are working to prevent the mammal's extinction. Here's a brief outline, I'll embellish more when I get just a little bit more background and sources.

I. What is a manatee?
A. Common names for types of manatees
1. Florida Manatee
2. West Indian Manatee
3. Amazon Manatee
4. West African Manatee
B. Relatives
1. Elephant
2. Hyrax
C. Physical Appearance
1. Paddle-like tail
2. 2 short front appendages with 3-4 fingernails
3. Whiskers and snout with 2 nostrils
4. Gray to brown skin sometimes with algae growing on it
II. Habitats
A. Depends on type
1. Florida, Caribbean, Central-America, South-America, Amazon, West Africa
B. Rivers, estuaries, and coastal areas
C. 70 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
D. Fresh vs salt water
E. Particular food areas
III. Humans
A. Boats
B. Effects on food sources
C. Influences on migration
D. Pollution
E. Fishing nets
IV. Conservation Efforts
A. Project “LightHawk”
B. Tracking
C. Everglades
D. Legislation
E. International Awareness

Next Article
Previous Article
Return to Topic Menu

Here is a list of responses that have been posted to your discussion topic...

Important: Press the Browser Reload button to view the latest contribution.

If you would like to post a response to this topic, fill out this form completely...

Response Title:

Optional: For Further Info on this Topic, Check out this WWW Site:
Response Text:

DOWNLOAD the Paper Posting HTML Formating HELP SHEET!

We also have a GUIDE for depositing articles, images, data, etc in your research folders.

Article complete. Click HERE to return to the Pre-Course Presentation Outline and Paper Posting Menu. Or, you can return to the course syllabus

  • Tropical Marine Ecology of the Bahamas and Florida Keys
  • Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica
  • Site NAVIGATION--Table of Contents

    Listen to a "Voice Navigation" Intro! (Quicktime or MP3)

    Search WWW WITHIN-SITE Keyword Search!!



    Hays' Marine Ecology Images and Movies Ohio Bird Photo Collection | Tropical Bird Collection | Costa Rica Image Collection | Edge of the Farm Conservation Area | Hays' Tarantula Page | Local Watershed Fish Studies| Wildflowers, Arthropods, ETC in SW Ohio | Earth Science Resources | Astronomy Links | Global Change | Marine Ecology "Creature Study Guide" |


    | Educational Philosophy | Discovery Labs: Moon, Geologic Time, Sun, Taxonomy, Frisbee | Project Dragonfly | Vita |Field Course Postings | Student Research Postings | Nature/Science Autobiography | Environmental Programs at Miami University


    Daily Necessities: Macintosh Resources |Search Engines | Library Resources|Server Stats| Family Album | View My Schedule | View Guestbook | Western College "Multimedia Potpourri"

    It is 7:37:29 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Last Update: Wednesday, May 7, 2014