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Manatee Weathervane

Manatee Weather Vane (Trichechus manatus) Swimming


The Manatee Weathervane, Trichechus manatus, featured in this image consists of a copper Manatee and sea bed with brass seaweeds, although it can also be made entirely of copper if that is your metal preference. The Manatee’s eyes are made from handcrafted glass eyes with black pupils. People who order this manatee choose the eye color they want for their weather vane.

Manatees (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. There are three accepted living species of Trichechidae, the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), and the West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis). They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.

It is thought that Manatees were the original inspiration for Mermaids. In fact, the order Sirenia, to which the Florida manatee belongs, is from the Latin ‘siren’, or mermaid. For lonely sailors on long sea voyages, wishful thinking may have played a role in transforming the modest Manatee into svelte and alluring Mermaids.