Due to their gentle nature, manatees are the perfect swimming companions. There are many companies in the Crystal River area that offer tours by boat and in the water. Swimming with the manatees is an unforgettable experience for all ages.
🌿 Manatee Habits & Lifestyle
A protected species, manatees, are large, aquatic mammals with two front flippers and a tail paddle. They are gentle, slow-moving swimmers that consume approximately 15% of their body weight in food each day.
Manatees follow a vegetarian diet of aquatic plants that are floating, submerged, or emergent. There are times when they do eat small fish and invertebrates.
💙 Manatee Life Span
Manatees bred throughout the year with a gestation period of 13 months. A young manatee is called a calf and can weight around 60 pounds and be 4 feet long.
Adults can reach upwards of 13 feet in length and weigh 3,000 lbs. Due to Manatee Safe Zones and the fact that they have no natural enemries, manatees can live to be a ripe old age. Snooty the Manatee passed away in 2017 at a ripe old age of 69 years.
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🌊 Manateee Habitat
Manatees love to spend the summer months in places like Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Georgia. Because they are a migratory species, they love to spend the winter months in Florida.
Crystal River is a popular destination due to the 72 degree waters that are so appealing to manatees. It’s not unusual to find more then 400 manatees enjoying these warm waters, which draws those who want to see and swim with the manatees.
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🏊 Where to Swim with Manatees
There are numerous companies in the Crystal River area that provide services to those wishing to see or swim with manatees. Here are just a few!
- Plantation on Crystal River offers education along with the experience so that you get the most from your tour. The snorkeling tour takes place in 1.5 to 2-knot current, which makes make mild snorkeling conditions.
- River Ventures offers a three-hour tour that includes masks, snorkels, and wetsuits. They have a photo package and do trips seven days a week throughout the year.
- Crystal River Watersports offers three-hour tours that include wetsuit, snorkel, mask, and vest. They do provide semi-private boats and can accommodate larger groups by having boats travel together.