Manatees and Dugongs – Varmints! – 126


Manatees and Dugongs!

Things get more than a little gassy and silly as Paul and Donna talk about manatees and dugongs this week! Lettuce learn about some sea cows together!

When water rises manatees can get stuck! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is there to get them unstuck! Article courtesy of the Washington Post.
The good guys to the rescue!

What do manatees and dugongs have in common? They fart. A lot. For buoyancy of course. Also to make Paul and Donna laugh and laugh.

Jeez Louise here’s some manatees cutting the cheese and that guarantees the ease with which they swim through the seas. Watch this video please! Courtesy of YouTube user Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:

There are major differences between manatees and dugongs that aren’t so apparent until you look at them side by side! Articles courtesy of and

Manatee - Underwater - Freshwater

These are manatees.

They don’t look like there’s a lot going on upstairs but manatees and dugongs might be smarter than we give them credit for! Article courtesy of

There are no manatee or dugong superheroes but you CAN go down to Florida and see them at any number of places in the wild or in captivity! Article courtesy of

Download the Florida Manatee Infographic

There are rules. This isn’t ‘Nam.

If you can’t make it to the waters off of north Australia anytime soon you can live vicariously through Jonathan Bird’s Blue World videos! Courtesy of YouTube user BlueWorldTV:


Is it a sea cow or a mermaid? Well we know the difference but did oldy times sailors? Articles courtesy of and

Illustration of The Little Mermaid, mid-19th century.


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