Marine Mammals

Marine mammals include not only dolphin but also manatee.  These gentle giants can grow to an enormous 12 feet. They are capable of bursts of speed up to 35 miles an hour using their powerful rounded paddle-shaped tail. But they usually cruise very slowly. They are also curious and near sighted. So snorkelers have to be very careful when approached by a manatee, since the manatee may want to nuzzle them with their stiff whiskered mouth.