Meet Captain Laura

Captain Laura is one of the most experienced Captains, not only at Manatee Fun, but in this entire community! Lovely Laura may look like a spring chicken, but she has been doing manatee tours for more than 20 years! She truly enjoys what she does, and there is nothing she loves more than to see the look of excitement on her guests when they get a face to face encounter with a manatee!


She was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and actually went to high school with musical purple royalty, Prince! Laura loves powerboat racing, but would spend any free day cruising around on her Harley. She's a feisty redhead that loves to feel the wind in her hair. Laura's motto is one we all subscribe to here… Crazy hair, don't care!


Laura has a son named Gavin and two dogs. With the three of them under one roof there is never a dull moment in her life! She is a respected marine science educator and has been leading educational trips, not only in Crystal River, but also in the Keys for decades for her own Company, Sea Ventures. A passion for teaching the next generation about the beauty and power of these resources really keeps her inspired! Laura is both a NAUI and PADI scuba instructor, so rest assured you are in good hands with her at the helm!

Laura's son is making plans for her retirement. He would like to ship her to a tropical island to be waited on hand and foot by cabana boys while Chef Gordon Ramsey will be her personal cook. That's a pretty great plan we think! In the meantime….she lives by some very wise words "Refuse top Sink"! No matter what challenges life brings her, the manatees help to keep her centered and really remind us all how lucky we are to do what we do! Captain lovely Laura would like to invite you along for a tour….bring the kids, the grandparents and your smiling face. If you like good people, than you will love Captain Laura!