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Brush Gate

Fiber Grating

Hula Hoop

Ice Float

Kale Feeder

People Watching

Texture Mat

Vacuum Hose

You can design a toy for our manatees too!

Texture Mat

Designed by

Jessica Goldstein, Mamaroneck, NY

Kaylyn Colbert, Sarasota, FL

So just what do the manatees do with this?

The texture mat rests in the shallow area of the manatee exhibit, however it is only presented for short periods of supervised time. The manatees rub their vibrissae back and forth across each of the textures.


1 6-foot by 3-foot industrial non-slip rubber floormat

1 rubber-coated sink drying rack

1 rubber sink mat

1 straw welcome doormat

1 artificial turf doormat

1 textured molded rubber doormat

1 carpet sample