The manatee is a harmless mammal with more than 60 million years of history on our planet earth. Inhabits warm and shallow coasts, estuaries and rivers of slow waters.
They are large creatures, can reach 4 meters in length and weigh up to a ton, have two fins in the form of fins and a tail similar to an oar that they use to propel. These mammals can live up to 60 years.
They are currently in the book of endangered species, unfortunately because of the indiscriminate hunting of this mammal.
In response to this situation, “El Santuario del Manatí, Bahía de Chetumal” was created, an area equivalent to 15% of the state of Quintana Roo, intended for the protection of flora and fauna of more than 200 species in danger of extinction status . The conservation, reproduction and protection of the Manatee is prioritized within the activities of this sanctuary. To date, a great advance has been achieved in the conservation of this species, also known as "sea cow".
Reforms and laws have been implemented to prevent hunting and force vessels to modify their methods so as not to accidentally damage the integrity of the Manatee, however, the fight to save this species is far from over.
During September, “Manatee Day” is celebrated, a day dedicated to these majestic mammals that inhabit a large part of the territory of Quintana Roo, where it is sought that more people know the seriousness of this harmless species and the importance that influences within our ecological system, all in order to respect the home of this mammal that has lived on our planet for millions of years before the existence of humans.