In this short film from Dive Documentaries, tour operator Captain Broderick highlights the correct way to observe the creatures in their natural habitat.
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.
Thank you, John - for all your years of loyalty, service and providing an inspiration to thousands of animal lovers!! If Johnny B sounds like the Captain for you, it is always possible to request him when making your dreams of swimming with manatees come true!
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
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.
Manatees' tails (flukes) are specially adapted to maintain their body temperature.
Snooty the manatee was found dead on Sunday July 23rd from a heartbreaking accident at South Florida Museum’s Parker Aquarium just two days after his 69thbirthday.
There's a place in Florida where you are able to see 800 manatees everyday. After a visit, Chuck Rogan wrote this song.
Being an in-water Manatee Tour guide is my PASSION! It’s such a joy to meet people from all over the world and I consider it a true honor to introduce these visitors to my manatee friends. Seven days a week, all year round, not only do I get to visit with my favorite animals in the world, but I can share it with like-minded individuals that leave with a sense of wonder that’s difficult to express!
Florida wird vielfach als Musterbeispiel für künstlich geschaffene Tourismusattraktionen genannt. Kein Wunder, hält man sich die Vielzahl der Freizeitparks rund um Orlando vor Augen. Aber der US-Bundesstaat bietet auch echte Naturerlebnisse, die man sonst kaum auf dieser Welt erleben kann. Dazu zählt natürlich oft als erstes ein Besuch der Everglades und ihrer schier unzähligen Alligatoren und anderen Tierarten. Ein Erlebnis ganz besonderer Art gibt es jedoch in Westflorida nahe Clearwater in Crystal River und Homosassa: hier kann man mit den archaisch anmutenden Seekühen, hier Manatees genannt, schwimmen.
With the arrival of colder weather, manatee refuges and tour centers are preparing for the upcoming manatee season, which will see the mammals concentrate in warmer waters around the state and will last from Nov. 15 to March 31, 2017.