The manatee is endearingly referred to as the “sea cow,” but manatees are actually more closely related to elephants. Much of their charm relates to their wrinkly face with whiskers. Manatees may appear slow and cumbersome, but they are graceful and swift underwater. Because they have only 6 neck vertebrae, they can’t turn their heads and must actually turn their entire body to see what’s going on behind or on the side. Manatees also have no eyelashes, but their eye muscles close like the aperture of a camera – in a circular motion.