E-Dawg Dilly (anthropoidae) wrote in manateelovers,
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Etymology & Taxonomy

The beloved Manatee:
Kingdom- Animalia
Phylum- Chordata
Class- Mammalia
Order- (get this) Sirenia
Family- Trichechidae
Genus- Trichechus
blah blah blah...
Now. Did you get the Order? Sirenia! Most assuredly a nod to the Greek sea nymphs who lure sailors to their deaths with their lovely songs. How unfortunate and ultimate an irony it is that these wonderous beings ultimately meet their own demise when sailors sail too close in their curiosities for such a magnificent creature such as this. I wonder what the chorus of a sea cow ballad is?
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