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The West Indian Manatee is a large, gray-brown, aquatic mammal. Its seal-like body tapers to a flat, paddle-shaped tail, and two small fore-limbs on its upper body have 3-4 nails on each flipper. Its head and face are wrinkled and its snout has stiff whiskers.
Adults have been known to exceed 13 feet in length and to weigh over 3,500 pounds but usually average around 10 feet in length and weigh between 800 and 1200 pounds. At birth, manatees are three to four feet long and weight between 60 and 70 pounds.
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Photo from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service