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Sea Cows Dugongs and Manatees: Sirenia - Diet

feeding food sirenians digest

All sirenians are vegetarians, feeding on vegetation such as sea grasses and other marine plants. While the dugong is strictly a bottom-feeder, eating only what lives on the ocean floor, manatees feed from above the water's surface all the way to the bottom. Sirenians use their flippers to uproot vegetation and use their molars to chew or crush food. Although male dugongs have tusks, it is not clear what role these teeth play in feeding, if any. It takes about one week for food to digest. Manatees consume about 10 percent of their body weight every day. Because they need so much food, sirenians spend a great portion of their time feeding.

The toothless sea cow ate algae (AL-jee) and plankton, plants that are easy to digest without chewing.

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over 9 years ago

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I am very happy of study this notes about manatees.

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almost 5 years ago

It was very helpful for when doing my assignment for science

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over 10 years ago

i think you should tell us how the dugong digests its food.

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over 10 years ago

I totally agree with Abbey Lane (I think I know her). I'd also like to know how the dugong digests it's food and how it reproduces. This information would be very helpful for school assignments and researching.THANK YOU!!!!

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about 3 years ago

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almost 5 years ago

It was very helpful for when doing my assignment for science

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about 9 years ago

thanks for having info on such a random topic!

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about 10 years ago

Thanks for this information it will help me with my project! Its so sad that manatees are endangered their so cute!