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Home Adventure Travel Ideas Activities Wildlife Florida's Crystal River Manatees

Florida's Crystal River Manatees

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Snorkel among Manatees
Florida's Crystal River

Snorkel among Manatees... in the warm, clear spring waters of Florida’s Crystal River--winter home of the largest concentration of West Indian manatees in the world.  From October through March you’ll find these endangered mammals grazing for food in the year-round 72 degree waters of this National Wildlife Refuge area.
    The docile, whisker-faced aquatic mammal can reach a length of over 13 feet and a weight of over 3000 pounds.  You can snorkel and dive among these gentle creatures--learn of their playful ways and how best you can help protect them.  
    Several rivers and springs offer crystal clear visibility, some up to 100 feet, with underwater caves and caverns.  All are teeming with an abundance of fresh and salt water fish.  
    Above water from an airboat see bald eagles, ospreys, otters, raccoons, and bottle nose dolphins along with the natural beauty of the area.  
    Contact these tour operators for further information:  Aquamarine Images: 813-991-6217; American Pro Dive: 352-563-0041; Birds Underwater: 352-563-2763; Crystal Lodge Dive Center: 352-795-6798.  Advanced reservations encouraged.

Crystal River Chamber of Commerce Crystal River, FL (80 miles N of Tampa)


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