Subject: Manatee, sounds

manatee (
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 13:16:09 +0000

Dear Barbara,

Thanks for your question: What kind of sounds do manatees make?  
That's a great question!  Here's the answer:

Manatees emit "squeaking"  sounds underwater.  Scientists believe the
sounds are used by manatees to  communicate with one another. 
Vocalizations may express fear, anger, or may be used to maintain contact,
especially when manatees are feeding or traveling in murky waters.  Especially 
common are vocalizations between cow and calf.  In fact, a cow and calf 
once separated by a flood gate vocalized constantly for three hours 
until they were reunited.


Nancy Sadusky
SMC Communications Director