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Introducing the Manatee

Introducing the Manatee (Hardback)

By Zeiller, Warren

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This work is about the first manatee ever conceived and born in captivity. Zeiller describes mercy missions to rescue animals and relates his adventures with Jacques Cousteau. He presents scientific information on the manatee's habitat, physiology, feeding and breeding habits.

ISBN 9780813011523
Barcode 9780813011523
Published 19 October 1992 by Inbooks
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780813011523
ISBN-10 0813011523
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University Press of Florida
Publication Date 19 October 1992
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Zeiller, Warren
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Marine Biology
Marine & Freshwater Mammals
Conservation Of Wildlife & Habitats
Sea & Seashore Life
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 413g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Manatees, West Indian manatee, Miami Seaquarium
NBS Text Life Sciences: General
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 599.55
Catalogue Code Not specified

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This work is about the first manatee ever conceived and born in captivity. The pregnancy was long (about 13 months), the mother was huge (over 900 pounds), and baby Lorelei was regarded by Zeiller and his coworkers at the Miami Seaquarium as a truly blessed event. Even one addition to the dwindling number of this endangered species was reason to rejoice. Zeiller's knowledge of the history and plight of this docile sea mammal is based on his work at the Seaquarium, where he helped develop the only extant breeding herd of manatees (including Lorelei's parents, Romeo and Juliet), the only gene pool of the animal in captivity at that time. With more than 100 photographs that help to document his personal experiences, Zeiller describes mercy missions with the Mermaid Rescue Squad to liberate animals caught in drainage ditches or to care for animals injured by boat propellers. He relates his efforts and adventures with Captain Jacques Cousteau to return Sewer Sam to the freedom of Crystal River. In uncomplicated language he presents scientific information on the habitat, distribution, physiology, and feeding and breeding habits of the manatee and its relatives. Manatees are nearing extinction not because of public insensitivity, he believes, but because of a lack of knowledge. His intention throughout the book is to increase public awareness of the crises. Destroying or saving 60,000,000 years of evolution is in our hands , he writes. And, from the Epilogue: We have named Lorelei's son (Juliet's grandson) Hugh.

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