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10 Reasons to Love Manatees (Rebroadcast) - 3/1/16


Manatees made headlines this winter when a group of them, including a mother and calf, became marooned in a Florida storm drain and had to be rescued by marine biologists with backhoes and earth-moving equipment. Why such heavy machinery?

Manatees, nicknamed “sea cows,” can get big. Newborns average 4.5 feet long and weigh 70 pounds. Full-grown manatees weigh between 800 and 1,200 pounds, and can grow up to 13 feet in length. Slow-moving, graceful aquatic cousins of the elephant, manatees are truly gentle giants.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.