7 Weekend Adventure Trips For Nature Lovers
Swim With Manatees In Florida Crystal River
Crystal River offers one of best locations to see and interact with the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants.
Swimming with Manatees is a unique and privileged experience, there is no other location in the US where this is allowed. It is a truly a wild animal encounter like no other. We are allowed to quietly snorkel alongside the manatees, in their habitat, in the 72 degree spring fed waters of the Crystal River.
Seeing a large number of manatees in one place is an amazing experience, but just remember these gentle sea cows are there for survival.
The Crystal River coastal waters are home to the largest population of manatees on the west coast of Florida. Great numbers of these gentle giants seek the warm-water springs, rivers and other waterways for sanctuary from the colder Gulf of Mexico waters.
It may not seem warm when you jump into a freshwater spring, but the water temperatures remain around 70 degrees, which is perfect for manatees who need that kind of warmth to survive.
Swim with manatees in their own habitat for a thrilling adventure!
Manatees are very gentle. They are curious by nature and playful at heart. You’ll be amazed at their calmness. You’ll develop a special appreciation of their struggle for existence.
This allows face-to-face interaction with manatees, providing the manatee approaches you. Manatee tour experiences are best done by snorkeling while wearing wet suits, making the interaction as silent as possible, and the manatees more inclined to approach and get close.
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