Aquatic gentle giants

17 January 13

Manatees, which are also known as sea cows are marine mammals, originating around 45 to 50 million years ago. They are gentle, slow moving, plant-eating herbivores and their closest living relatives are elephants and aardvarks. They can grow over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds.

Despite being an endangered species, with a population of approximately 2500 in the waters of the United States, Manatees are present in the waters of Belize and can be witnessed throughout the year. A close concentration can be witnessed at Swallow Caye, located 4 miles off the coast of Belize City. Swallow Caye has been declared a wildlife sanctuary and serves to protect the manatees and other marine life that call this habitat home. For more information or to plan a visit to see our aquatic gentle giant friends contact Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary

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