TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed
FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater
HABITAT: Along the coast of the western Pacific and Indian ocean where seagrass is abundant.
LENGTH (maximum): 11-14 Ft
WEIGHT (maximum): 2,200 lbs
RELATIVE SPECIES: Stellar’s sea cow(extinct), manatees.
OTHER NAMES: Sea cow, sea pig, sea camel.
PREDATORS: Humans, sharks, killer whales.
THREATS: Trapped in nets, oil spills, hunted for meat.
MANNER OF FEEDING: Feeds on bottom vegetation, often leaving a trail of cropped sea grass.
BEHAVIOR: Form small groups of around 6. Moves very slowly.
REPRODUCTION: When mating, a group of males will surround the female and will all attempt to mate with her at the same time. Gestation is 12-14 months. Calves are weaned at 18 months but may stay with their mothers for several years. Females have a calf every 2-7 years.
- 73 years
- The only member of its family left. Has small tusks. It is believed that it related to the Elephant.
- Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002