seal-like body that tapers to a beaver-like tail. Two forelimbs
with three or four nails on each. Thick skin, with stiff whiskers
on upper lip
|Color: Grey or grey-brown
|Size: Typically about
9-10 feet long, weighing 1,000 pound. Can grow as large as 13
feet, weighing more than 3,000 pounds.
harmless and nonagressive, they are often shy and reclusive.
perception may be limited. Can differentiate colors.
|Hearing: Can hear
well despite the absence of external ear lobes: directional
hearing is limited.
Emit sounds that are within human auditory range. They make
squeaks and squeals when frightened, playing or communication,
particularly between cow and calf.
Nostrils on upper surface of snout close tightly like valves when
submerged. Surfaces to breathe every few minutes when
active; every 10 to 15 minutes when resting.
restricted to peninsular Florida and south Georgia. They can
be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater
bays, canals, and coastal areas, particularly where seagrasss beds
flourish. they can live in fresh or salt water.
Normally one calf every 2 to 5 years.
least 1,850 remaining in the southeastern U.S. concentrated in