This list of definitions have been provided
for you convenience should you come across anything you do not understand within
AGGREGATION- a mass of distinct
things gathered together in a group.
AGILE- quick and easy
ALGAE- a group of primitive plants, one-celled
or many-celled, containing clorophyll and found in water or damp
AQUATIC- living or growing in, on or near water;
having a water habitat.
BARNACLE- a shell-bearing sea animal
that attaches itself to rocks, ship bottoms, etc.
thick, insulating layer of fat beneath the skin of marine
BRACKISH- of water, having less salt content than
sea water, but still undrinkable.
BULL- term used to
describe an adult manatee.
BUOYANCY- ability to
CALF- term used to describe a newborn or young
CONFLICT- a struggle between two or more
CONSERVATION- the care and protection of our
natural resources, such as forests, endangered species,
COW- term used to describe an adult female
DISCHARGE- to release, as in warm water from power
plants into natural waters.
DOCILE- easy-going, mild
DUGONG- one of two species of marine mammals in
the order Sirenia, the dugong and seacow.
ECOLOGY- the study
of the interrelationships which exist between organisms and their
EFFLUENT- liquid which flows away from a
constraining space or main waterway.
above the water's surface, as on cattails.
place in jeopardy; expose to loss.
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OF
1973- strong legislative action which served to protect various species
of native fish and wildlife that are threatened with
ENVIRONMENT- surroundings; conditions
surrounding and affecting the development of an
ESTRUS- period in female during which ovulation
occurs and the animal is receptive to mating.
semi-closed coastal body of water which is connected to the open sea and within
which sea water is diluted with fresh water; highly productive body of
EXTERMINATE- to destroy entirely; wipe
EXTINCT- having died out; no longer in existence as in
FEDERAL MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT OF
1972- prohibits the taking, sale, possession, importation and
transportation of certain marine mammals in the U.S.
SANCTUARY ACT OF 1978- legislative action which requires slow speeds by
boat traffic in designated areas where manatees are known to congregate at
certain times of the year(winter)
FLUCTUATIONS- to move up
and down, unstable.
FLUKE- term applied to the large tail of
FLUVIAL- of, found in or protected by a
HARASSMENT- the act of worrying or tormenting, as to
harass an animal.
HERBICIDE- chemical agent that destroys or
inhibits plant growth.
HERBIVORE- animal that eats only
HERD- term used to designate a group of
HYACINTH- an aquatic plant of the lily family,
which has been introduced to Florida's waterways and is considered an exotic
LACTIC- of or obtained from
LETHARGIC- lazy, listless.
a large class of warm-blooded animals of which have a body covered with hair and
the females have milk-secreting glands for feeding their
MANDATORY- an order of law that must be
MARINE- of or pertaining to the
MERMAID- according to legend, a sea creature with the
head and body of a woman and the tail of a fish (early reports are thought to
liken this to the manatee)
MONOFILLAMENT- a type of line
used in fishing.
MORPHOLOGY- a branch of biology which deals
with the structure and form of an organism an any stage of its life
MORTALITY- the ratio of deaths to population; death
NICHE- an especially suited place or
PESTICIDES- a chemical agent which destroys
PHYSIOLOGY- the study of functions
and vital processes of living organisms.
POACHING- act of
hunting or catching game illegally; to steal.
the practice of having more that one mate at a
PROPELLER- a device having a series of blades mounted
at an angle for driving forward a boat or an
PROPULSION- being propelled or moved
RANGE- distance traveled; limited
REFUGE- shelter or protection from
RESIDUE- that which is left after part is removed;
SANCTUARY- a place of refuge or
SENSITIVITY- very easily affected by some type
SIRENIANS- in zoology, the order of aquatic
mammals which include living manatees and dugongs; nearly hairless, thick
skinned mammals without handlimbs and with paddlelike
SKEG- an extension of the stern end of the keel
of a boat, which in some cases passes under the propeller and supports the
SPRING- a flow of water from the
STATUS- position, rank.
SEACOW- of the manatee family, a species that is
SUBMERGED- a place or sink beneath the water's
TRIBUTARIES- a stream flowing into a larger
TROPICAL- pertaining to the region between the
tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, which has a very warm
VALVES- a membrane structure which opens and closes
the nostrils of the seacow, permitting the animal to
VANDALISM- the act of destroying or
VEGETARIAN- one who eats no meat, only
VULNERABLE- open to or easily hurt by criticism,