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Wildlife Wednesdays: Manatees (Our Not-So-Little Mermaids) Celebrated at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

posted on September 5th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


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.

Guests Can Learn About Manatees at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot During International Manatee Day

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.

Rescued Manatees Lou and Vail Make Their Home at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

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
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3 Comments

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Neil on September 5th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Why doesn’t Disney have these conservation days listed on the front of the Animal Kingdom webpage? Or the calendar? I don’t see anything on the main website about upcoming events, and clicking on the calendar for October 31st doesn’t show anything but the normal events on in the park. Nothing about Bat Day. People, especially us annual pass holders, would be interested in the unique things that go on in the park

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Paul on September 5th, 2012 at 11:10 am

I studied Marine Biology for four of my five years at the University of Miami and my “dream job” was to work at the Living Seas doing research of some kind. But…I chose comedy instead. Oops I mean…Broadcasting and Political Science. But I always hang out with my “buddies” when I visit. The joys of Passholdership.

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Colleen from TX on September 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Ok. I’m so jealous. I LOVE all the fun learning activities that are offered on the various species that you rehabilitate and that live at WDW. I’m just going to have to move my family there.

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