The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already exceeded the total for all of 2017. Blame Red Tide, which is suspected of killing more than 100 of them.
More than 160 sea cows have died in 2018, a pace that could set a record, according to environmental group.
Illya the manatee became quite popular after he traveled all the way to New Jersey back in October 2009. Eventually he was rescued and taken back to Miami. The Save the Manatee Club reported Ilya's death on July 31.
So far scallop season has been a resounding success, and we are looking to finish strong from both our Homosassa and Crystal River locations.
Dan's Clam Stand, authentic New England experience, sweet whole belly clams and wicked awesome chowdah!
At high enough concentrations, Florida red tide can discolor water a red or brown hue. Red tides caused by other algal species can appear red, brown, green or even purple. The water can also remain its normal color during a bloom.
The oldest manatee in captivity had just celebrated his 69th birthday. It was a day filled with special treats as hundreds of visitors peeked through the glass and into the Parker Aquarium tank at the South Florida Museum to catch a glimpse of the 1,300-pound wonder.
VISIT FLORIDA!! Do not stay away. Come swim in our spring fed fresh waters, take in our gorgeous sunsets, support our struggling businesses and spread that love around the globe. Educate yourself, write your local Representatives and support businesses that support Mother Nature.
She gets to indulge in some of her favorite hobbies daily, swimming, snorkeling and getting up close with wildlife; but on days she's not here working you may find her playing tennis or singing to local elderly and special needs residents
The 10-foot male was successfully relocated but not before biologists photographed and tagged the creature.
Crystal has lived in this area most of her life, moving here from Pennsylvania in the fourth grade. She doesn't remember much about her young life there, but she does know that she loves her Florida winters without the snow!
The 2018 scallop season for Citrus County runs from July 1 to Sept. 24.
All divers must prominently display a divers-down device in the area in which the diving occurs.
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!
Marvelous Matt loves to tinker….so when he is not swimming with manatees you may find him making inventions, modifying different objects to make them useful or riding the team around on his go-kart. Man is it fast!! He also loves bugs, spiders and lizards…..you won't believe the species that he collects! He has been a fisherman, a wet suit washer and has worked his way up around here to earn the respect of all his peers.
Here in Florida there is no shortage of bee farmers and Citrus County has become a mecca for apiaries – this a fancy term for a bee yard! In 2017, close to 4,500 bee keepers registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Captain Wade is a happy-go-lucky, fun loving spirit and his motto is... Be happy, or go away. There is so much beauty and blessings all around if you just open your eyes! He's not sure he ever wants to retire, but he does look forward to growing old with his loving family. Until then, we are PROUD and humbled to consider him an essential member of our River Ventures family!
John is a native Floridian and was born in St. Pete, he's lived in the area for 50 years so he knows his stuff! He is a huge sports fan; basketball, football, hockey. But his real passion is for the Florida Gators
Phil is from Greenley, Colorodo and left when he was 17 to join the Army. He's been doing manatee tours for 5 years now and found his way to Crystal River because of his love for the Nature Coast! He came to town to be a scuba instructor, but quickly fell in love with the manatees! Prior to this, he was a professional Pirate on a cruise ship! Say arrrrgghh when you meet Captain Phil... and he'll know exactly what you mean!
The wild manatee population continues to grow and Boerner hopes the study will help continue that trend.
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!!