So far, 166 manatees have died statewide through March 2. Cold spells are to blame for 51 deaths.
When the weather gets colder this is what we get, a group of manatees just chilling at Three in the warmer waters. Happy Hump Day to all.
If there is food they will find it!! #riverventures #riverlife #manateelove
There are plenty of amazing facts about the manatee that you will find quite fascinating. Some of them you may know but I am confident as you read them there will be several that you weren’t aware of.
The species can also be pretty friendly, as demonstrated by the curious manatee nuzzling the diver.
The manatees of Crystal River and Homosassa are Florida manatees, which are a subspecies of the larger West Indian manatee population. They eat only plants, and in the warmer months, they rove up and down the Gulf and Atlantic coasts in search of food. The area does have resident manatees year-round, so summertime manatee sightings are possible, but the fact that they’re so mobile significantly lessens your chances.
Our highest count of manatees was done in mid-Jan and the aerial report was more than 800 manatees in the area!
Devoted to the customer experience and an active manatee rescue volunteer, Irish Dave shines as a photographer and one of the unique personalities that adds to the soul of our wacky family!
March brings Crystal River thousands of visitors hoping to see these elusive manatees, so we are hoping Mother Nature will cooperate and extend our cool season at least 6 more weeks.
It was a funky place situated in an old fish freezer. The menu is very limited with not much on it besides good old American potato chips, chips & salsa, smoked mullet dip, peal & eat shrimp, blue crabs & Maine lobster.
Cold weather and water send Tampa Bay's gentle giants in search of warmth. Sometimes, that's where the Hillsborough River flows out, but that's not where manatees want to be when the flotilla arrives Saturday morning.
A glimpse of old Florida through images
This statue is a good photo op -- at least 30-feet long and well done, with paddle-tail and criss-cross markings. It was named "Bubbles" in a contest.
A great video featuring mom & calf in Crystal River, Florida
The Disney parks keep a notoriously tight grip on their props and property whether it is in use or not, so it is somewhat surprising that River Country, the very first Walt Disney World waterpark has been allowed to rot in ruin to this very day.
Following the success of his original skeleton museum in Oklahoma City, skull expert Jay Villamette opened this new, even larger attraction in Orlando. His two museums remain the only skeleton museums in the country. Fortunately, they’re both extensive.
Located in Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake, Discovery Island was opened as a lush zoological park, but after its closing it was left to deteriorate despite some terrific ideas on how to reopen the attraction.
What is now a much-loved attraction called Monkey Island was once a little more like a monkey detention center.