- 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
area of land covered by shallow water or saturated by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: wetland