History tells us that ancient sailors – and maybe even Christopher Columbus – mistook manatees for mermaids. Guests visiting The Seas with Nemo & Friends on September 7 will be able to learn about these not-so-little mermaids during an International Manatee Day celebration.
Special activities are designed to help guests discover the reality behind the myths and how they can help protect manatees.
Did you know?
- Manatees belong to a group of aquatic, plant-eating mammals called sirenians.
- Their teeth are constantly being worn down by the abrasive plants they eat, but manatees grow replacement teeth throughout their lifetime.
- Manatees can only be found in a few places around the world, including Florida, South America, Africa, and Australia.
- Actions all of us can take to keep waterways clean, such as recycling used fishing line and plastic bottles, can protect these majestic mammals.
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot is a designated rehabilitation site for rescued manatees (and sea turtles too) until they are well enough to be returned to their habitats The Seas participates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other facilities and conservation groups, in the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership.
- Rescued manatees Lou and Vail make their home at The Seas.
Upcoming 2012 wildlife conservation events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (as always, dates subject to change):
- September 26: Elephant Awareness Day
- October 31: Bat Day