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How to swim with the manatees in and around Crystal River, FL

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.

Hurricane-swept manatee lost at sea finds kindness in The Bahamas

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.

Incredible pictures show manatees huddling together to stay warm in Florida as cold front sweeps the Sunshine State

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. 

Meet the Staff - Captain John Baltzell

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! 

Snooty the Manatee Dies Just 2 Days after his 69th Birthday

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.

Summer Manatees

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!

Schwimmen mit den Manatees in Crystal River

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.

Crystal River Sanctuaries, Tour Centers Prepare For Fla.’s Manatee Season

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.