Manatee Quiz
by Staff
They are docile and silly, but these creatures are anything but stupid. How much do you know about adorable manatees?

Manatees are also sometimes called what?

  • sea mules
  • sea cows
  • sea sloths

True or False: Manatees are a type of fish.

  • true
  • false

What's the approximate maximum weight for adult manatees?

  • about 2,800 pounds
  • about 1,300 pounds
  • about 900 pounds

How many living species of manatee are there?

  • 1
  • 3
  • 5

When did the fourth species of manatee become extinct?

  • 18th century
  • 19th century
  • 20th century

When they are relaxing underwater, about how long can a manatee hold its breath?

  • about an hour
  • about 15 minutes
  • about 4 minutes

What is a dugong?

  • a manatee's nose
  • a species of manatee
  • manatee fecal matter

Fossil evidence shows that Steller's sea cows reached what length?

  • up to 20 feet
  • up to 25 feet
  • up to 30 feet

Manatees suffer when their habitat drops below what temperature?

  • 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 58 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 48 degrees Fahrenheit

True or False: Manatees are omnivores.

  • true
  • false

Which species of manatee spends all of its life in freshwater?

  • Trichechus senegalensis
  • Trichechus manatus
  • Trichechus inunguis

What's the maximum speed for a manatee?

  • about 10 mph
  • about 15 mph
  • about 25 mph

What's one trait that immediately distinguishes a dugong from a manatee?

  • snout
  • hair
  • number of flippers

True or False: Manatees never hoist themselves onto land.

  • true
  • false

What is a group of sea cows called?

  • a murder
  • an aggregation
  • a congregation

Manatees are distant relative of which land mammals?

  • cows
  • pigs
  • elephants

True or False: Manatees are nocturnal creatures.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of its body weight can a manatee devour in food in just 24 hours?

  • about 10 percent
  • about 20 percent
  • about 25 percent

Why do many manatees have scars on their backs?

  • from fishing nets
  • from fighting
  • from boat strikes

What's the gestation period for pregnant manatees?

  • about 9 months
  • about 12 months
  • about 5 months

How many neck vertebrate does a manatee have?

  • six
  • three
  • two

About how long does it take for newborn manatees to swim by themselves?

  • about 15 minutes
  • about an hour
  • about a day

What is the approximate lifespan of a dugong?

  • 20 years
  • 40 years
  • 70 years

Why do manatees have good hearing?

  • large inner ear bones
  • huge ear lobes
  • enormous ear canals

How much do manatee calves weigh when they are born?

  • about 10 pounds
  • about 60 pounds
  • about 100 pounds

How good is the long-term memory of manatees?

  • very good
  • average
  • lousy

Which of these animals has the greatest numbers in the wild?

  • Amazonian manatee
  • West Indian manatee
  • dugong

What are marching molars?

  • molars found in the back of a manatees throat
  • molars that are constantly replaced
  • teeth that proud manatee killers wear

At which unusual place can you see manatees for yourself in Florida?

  • near Big Bend Power Station
  • in front of Monty's Tiki Bar
  • by Key Largo City Hall

True or False: Manatees are considered to be at significant risk of extinction.

  • true
  • false