Hugh stayed close to his mother. Most people would not think she was pretty. Her gray-brown face looked a bit like a walrus's. Hugh loved her gentle eyes and her calm messages made up of whistles and chirps. They were manatees, and Hugh thought their lives were great.
That summer they had stayed near the coast and had grazed on water plants. Hugh admired how much his mother could eat. Each day she could eat more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of sea grass and other plants.
When he was small, he had drunk his mother's milk. When he was older, he began to sample the same foods his mother ate.
Hugh had no front teeth for cutting the food, but he had large back teeth to grind it well. Over his life Hugh would eventually have four sets of molars. As they wore down, they would fall out and new ones would grow in.
Manatees have flexible front flippers to help them steer where they want to go, but they don't help much for getting food. Instead their upper lip is split into two halves. They can use each side almost like fingers to help them eat.Paragraphs 6 to 15:
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