Meet the Giant Manatees

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© Patrick M. Rose, Save the Manatee Club

Did you know that Florida’s state official marine mammal is manatee? November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida, including St. Augustine, where these gentle marine creatures take refuge in the warm water during winter months. Also known as sea cows, on average, adult manatees are about 10 feet long and weigh between 800-1,200 pounds. Manatees are herbivores – they eat over 60 different freshwater and saltwater plants, and they can consume 100-150 pounds of food a day. These gray giants like shallow waters and can be easily spotted year-round along the Florida coast. The deck of Pearl of the Sea Luxury Bed & Breakfast is a great spot for viewing manatees and snapping pictures of them.

 
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