Another study commissioned by the federal government and the National Autonomous University of Mexico said the die-off was possibly the result of several factors, including rising water temperatures.
Looking forward to another manatee season, officially beginning November 15th, we welcome you to join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Come for 2 days, or 3 days... experience all the wonder that the Nature Coast has to offer!
Most of the life of a manatee is spent in very murky water and they are also active throughout the night in the dark. For this reason, manatees do not need to have perfect vision and are reported to be practically near sighted, however they have receptors for both blue and green wave lengths allowing them to see in color and can therefore differentiate between random objects and luscious green plants to eat.
Spring and summer, winter and fall......there is no other thrill we have quite like seeing new babies in the Bay. We know that here in Crystal River they have a better chance of survival than anyplace else on the planet!!
'Manatees are sentient beings, loving touch of many forms, especially between mother and child. This video of momma and baby offers a clear view of his fin nails....many people do not know they have finger-like bones with nails!'
In this short film from Dive Documentaries, tour operator Captain Broderick highlights the correct way to observe the creatures in their natural habitat.
So far, 166 manatees have died statewide through March 2. Cold spells are to blame for 51 deaths.
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!
A great video featuring mom & calf in Crystal River, Florida
This is the time of year manatees flock together to deal with dropping temps, amassing in springs and water discharge basins to take advantage of the (relatively) warmer waters.
During colder weather manatees prefer to sleep in shallow water for the warmth of the sun.
While the impacts from hurricanes are tragically obvious on land, it’s hard to imagine how it affects the ocean’s inhabitants. But it does. And in the case of a manatee from Tampa, Florida, this fall’s hurricanes were nearly fatal.
As air temperatures dipped below 30 degrees Fahrenheit at dawn on Monday, Fox 13 reported the waters where the manatees had gathered was a comfortable 73 degrees.
As autumn descends upon us, with the crisp air and cool winds, the manatees head up the Crystal River and into the King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge
In a decade, about 115 manatees have been rescued after being trapped in areas such as culverts, in ditches or water control structures and other areas, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
With cooler temperatures approaching, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding boaters to watch out for manatees seeking warmer water.
Our beloved manatees! Our low lying waterfront neighborhoods! Last year Hermine showed the horrible damage from a Cat 2 storm surge……how would it be during a Cat 4?? As many of us relocated and left the town we love, we wondered what we would return to.