All trustworthy observations indicate that the manati has not the power of voluntarily leaving the water.
This manati was for long a joy to the whole island, and many natives and Christians daily visited this animal.
As we have said, the manati has no appearance of hind-limbs.
Binger states that the manati was the totem of the Mande group, to which perhaps belonged originally the Susu and the Dyula.
The Mandenga are supposed to have either the manati or the hippopotamus as tanna.
The three-toed sloth has nine cervical vertebræ; the manati only six; but seven is the typical number.
It is known as the manati, and the Portuguese call it “peixe hoi,” which is only “fish-cow” done into Portuguese.
The flesh of the manati is much esteemed, and tastes somewhat between beef and pork, altogether different from “fish.”
The other fish is called manati by the Indians, and there is nothing of the kind seen in Europe.
No real whales: but the manati, which is very nearly a whale, has long bristly hair left.