West Indian Manatee Range Expansion Quiz

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What is the primary factor that affects manatee sightings?

What temperature range are most manatee sightings observed?

Where do manatees primarily use for habitats?

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  • The West Indian manatee is expanding its range into new areas, due in part to warmer temperatures and availability of nearshore habitats with submerged aquatic vegetation.

  • Manatees primarily use the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and Dog River areas, selecting nearshore habitats proximate to submerged aquatic vegetation.

  • Distance to boat ramps and human population density have stronger effects on opportunistic sighting data but remain important for tagged data.

  • Temperature strongly predicts manatee sightings. Most sightings occur when temperatures are >20°C.

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Test your knowledge about the West Indian manatee's expanding range, the factors contributing to this expansion, and the environmental conditions influencing manatee sightings.

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