Travel: snorkeling with the manatees, Florida USA

March 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Travel: snorkeling with the manatees (Trichechus manatus). The manatees come to the freshwater springs in the winter, especially during cold spells. The manatees do not tolerate long periods with a water temperature below 20C (68F). The springs are a constant 22C (72F) which is an attractant to the manatees in winter. If you don't splash about and move your body slowly, some manatees will swim right up to you and actively seek interaction.

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Click here for more info from US Fish and Wildlife Service including manatee viewing guidelines and prohibitions.

Click here for more info from Save the Manatee Club, including rules on how to interact with manatees to minimize human disturbance.

Click here for info on the nearby zoo Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park with manatees and other Florida wildlife. Most of the animals in the zoo are native to Florida and roam in relatively large enclosures. The animals, including manatees, can be viewed from a pathway, observation deck and underwater observatory. Wild manatees can often be seen from the observation deck.

 

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Travel: Snorkeling with the manatees, Florida, USAWest Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River, Kings Bay, Florida, USA.


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