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What is the best time of year to see manatees in Florida?

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In the summer, manatees roam throughout the United States as far as Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts. But in the winter, they congregate in Florida in massive numbers to take advantage.. read more


What Not To Do When Swimming With The Manatees?

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Manatees are amazingly cute, docile and adorable animals. And swimming with them is an experience like no other wildlife encounter. During a swim-with-manatee tour, you slip quietly into the crystal-clear.. read more


Why Do Manatees Like Warm Water?

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Manatees like warm water because they require refuges to survive the cold of winter. Despite a weight of 1,000 pounds or more, manatees lack a continuous layer of blubber (like.. read more


What is the life expectancy of a manatee?

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In their natural habitat, the life expectancy of a manatee is 50-60 years. Manatees have no natural enemies. As with other wild animal populations, their mortality results from natural causes.. read more


What Role Do Manatees Play in the Ecosystem?

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Often referred to as “sentinel species,” manatees are an indicator of the overall health of their marine ecosystems. As residents of both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, typically slow-moving bays, rivers,.. read more


Kayak & Swim with Manatees at Three Sisters Spring

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The highlight of visiting Crystal River is kayaking and swimming with manatees. Kayaking along Crystal River is a remarkable and almost magical experience. The water is incredibly clear as long.. read more


How Manatees Became Mermaids

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It’s winter again and manatees are migrating south to warm-water springs and power plant outflows. As the slow-moving marine mammals make their way into the springs they often run into.. read more


Can manatees see underwater?

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Manatees are intriguing and marvelous aquatic mammals. They typically live in shallow rivers, bays and coastal areas, preferring water that’s not deeper than 10 feet (3 meters). But on any.. read more


5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Manatees

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Native to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida manatees are slow, gentle and somewhat clumsy giants of the marine ecosystem. They spend most of the summer months.. read more


Do manatees have live births?

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Female manatees give birth to one live calf every 2-5 years. It’s possible for a female to give birth to twins, but this is quite rare. If a cow (female.. read more