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.
March brings Crystal River thousands of visitors hoping to see these elusive manatees, so we are hoping Mother Nature will cooperate and extend our cool season at least 6 more weeks.
Cold weather and water send Tampa Bay's gentle giants in search of warmth. Sometimes, that's where the Hillsborough River flows out, but that's not where manatees want to be when the flotilla arrives Saturday morning.
Biologists counted 6,620 manatees in February 2017, which is a baseline number and not an actual population estimate.
As the bitter cold numbs much of the country, rescuers rush to save both manatees and sea turtles, but thanks to SeaWorld, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other organizations, some of the marine life are getting a second chance at life.
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.
It’s a strange world we live in when we celebrate the idea that a species might actually survive through the next century. It’s all become so fragile that small victories can feel like big wins – but regardless, a new study predicting that Florida’s iconic manatees can survive another 100 years is cause for cheer.
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.
The 2018 festival — the 31st — will feature many attractions from previous years, along with some new ones.
Over the years, about 263 manatees have been captured and studied. The scientists estimate the size of the group that migrates to the Crystal River area to be around 600.
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.
Kali’na is a manatee, also called a sea cow—a relative of elephants, which look sort of like walruses. Manatees in the wild live in rivers in warm climates: West Africa, the Amazon, the West Indies, and Florida, where there is a Manatee County and a Manatee River.
What a super way to come together, bond and experience the Holiday cheer first hand! Even though Crystal River is a small town, people come from miles around for this world class parade!
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.
Researchers say manatees are normally found in the warmer waters of Florida and the Caribbean, and are rare visitors to the Chesapeake Bay, especially outside the summer months.
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.
Over the next couple of months, town officials acquired the necessary permits and built a 3,000-gallon exhibit tank. “Baby” moved in on June 20, 1949, and soon became known as “Baby Snoots”.
With the commission’s approval, county staff will have a company turn a draft concept of the pool into a design, which will allow officials to have more exact construction cost estimates. Officials estimate the project — which could honor the memory of Snooty, the iconic manatee that died at the South Florida Museum over the weekend — could cost about $3 million.
People around the world are mourning the death of a Tampa Bay icon. Snooty, the oldest manatee on earth, passed away in a tragic accident over the weekend. He provided joy to more than a million people over the course of 69 years and he lived a full life.