Manatee v Alligator?
March 8, 2007 12:43 PM Subscribe
Why don't alligators eat manatees?
posted by Danf to science & nature (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It seems like alligators are pretty bad-ass predators, and manatees seem to get pushed around pretty easily. They are slow and do not seem to have many natural defenses, yet there are no known predators in nature besides us. For an alligator (and their habitats seem to overlap, if not match), it seems like manatees would be easy pickings, especially the young ones, and a good source of protein. Resulting in no manatees left.
I have not found a good explanation for this.