Manatees are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin on which there is often a growth of algae. Their front flippers help them steer, or sometimes crawl, through shallow water. They also have powerful, flat tails that help propel them through the water. They're typically 10 -12 feet long and 1,500 – 1,800 pounds.  Learn more about our Manatee Critical Care Center and our work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue, transport, rehabilitate and release injured marine mammals.