• The manatee (Trichechus manatus) is a marine mammal native to tropical wetlands of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the southern Atlantic coast of the United States, and northern South America.
    • Manatees are mostly herbivores, although they have been known to eat fish and small crustaceans.
    • Some scientists say that a manatee's whiskers, or vibrissae, are as sensitive as human fingertips. Vibrissae help manatees navigate the muddy wetlands where they live.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    herbivore Noun

    organism that eats mainly plants.

    Encyclopedic Entry: herbivore
    manatee Noun

    threatened marine mammal native to the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

    vibrissae Plural Noun


    wetland Noun

    area of land covered by shallow water or saturated by water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: wetland
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