Manatee
English: Manatee

Manatees
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Manatee with calf
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Trichechidae
Genus:
Trichechus
Species

Manatees are large, fully-aquatic marine mammals of the order Sirenia. They are sometimes known as sea cows. The manatees form the genus Trichechus. There are three manatee species.

The name comes from the Spanish manatí, which itself comes from a Carib word meaning "breast".

Early sightings

Christopher Columbus, who thought mermaids were real, went to the waters around Haiti, and wrote in his logbook that he had seen three mermaids. He said that they were not as beautiful as everybody said they were. Nowadays, people believe Christopher Columbus had actually seen three manatees. It is possible he saw them kissing one another, which is something they do when the meet each other in the water.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Lamantyn
Alemannisch: Manati
Ænglisc: Sǣcū
العربية: خروف البحر
azərbaycanca: Lamantinlər
Bân-lâm-gú: Hái-gû
беларуская: Ламанціны
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Лямантыны
български: Ламантини
brezhoneg: Ejen-mor
català: Manatí
Cebuano: Trichechus
čeština: Kapustňák
Cymraeg: Morfuwch
dansk: Manater
Ελληνικά: Μανάτος
English: Manatee
español: Trichechus
Esperanto: Manato
euskara: Trichechus
français: Lamantin
Frysk: Lamantinen
Gaeilge: Bó mhara
galego: Manatí
한국어: 매너티
հայերեն: Լամանտիններ
हिन्दी: मैनाटी
hrvatski: Lamantini
Bahasa Indonesia: Lembu laut
íslenska: Sækýr
italiano: Trichechus
עברית: תחש נהרות
Jawa: Manatee
қазақша: Ламантиндер
Latina: Manatus
latviešu: Lamantīni
Lëtzebuergesch: Ronnschwanzséikéi
lietuvių: Lamantinai
Lingua Franca Nova: Manati
la .lojban.: trixexo
magyar: Trichechus
Malti: Lamantin
Bahasa Melayu: Manati
Nāhuatl: Tlacamichin
Nederlands: Lamantijnen
日本語: マナティー
Napulitano: Lamantino
norsk: Manater
norsk nynorsk: Manatar
occitan: Trichechidae
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Lamantinlar
پنجابی: سمندری گاں
polski: Manatowate
português: Peixe-boi
română: Lamantin
Runa Simi: Manati
русский: Ламантины
Scots: Manatee
shqip: Lamantina
sicilianu: Lamantinu
slovenčina: Lamantínovité
српски / srpski: Ламантини
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Lamantini
suomi: Manaatit
svenska: Manater
Tagalog: Manati
தமிழ்: கடற்பசு
татарча/tatarça: Lamantin
Türkçe: Manatigiller
українська: Ламантинові
Tiếng Việt: Lợn biển
Winaray: Trichechus
吴语: 海牛
粵語: 海牛
中文: 海牛屬