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Manatees are herbivores, but sometimes eat fish carcasses. They can’t catch live fish because their teeth are set to far back in their mouths and their flippers are poorly suited to hold a fishing pole.

I’m enjoying the “not yet verified” flair that’s up there now, imagining someone having to go out and check whether manatee flippers can hold a fishing rod and then coming back and switching the flair. “Yep, it’s true, they’re rubbish at gripping things. Couldn’t even catch the ball when I tossed it underhand.”

Everything in water is incredibly fast compared to humans. We’re like a fish out of water in water.

Oh hey I brought my life jacket but i’ll just set it on the boat so I can easily lose it if I capsize.

Snorted coffee outta my nose

Edit: haha this post is verified 🤣

Link to title fact source = https://academic.oup.com/jmammal/article-abstract/59/2/442/830790?redirectedFrom=PDF

And I can’t stop hearing the Veggie Tales song in my head when I think about manatees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpcf_qD3GW4

They’re not actually teeth, they’re plates in the back of their mouth. I used to work at an aquarium in the manatee section briefly and my favorite was when no people were around to sit on the edge of their pool and dangle my feet in to let them suck on my toes. It’s weirder than it sounds.

Edit: Apparently they are actually teeth, they are just molars. But they are dull and where I worked they were referred to as plates or perhaps they were only likened to plates, this was eons ago. Either way they don’t have big sharp chompers and all my toes are intact.

Does this properly satisfy you u/ichtanze?

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