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Crystal River Florida Manatee Tours recommends you book with us, saving you time and money. The very best way to view the West Indian manatees is with guided manatee tours in the beautiful waters of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs. It is a once in a lifetime experience, and should never be missed. We here at SwimWithAManatee work with many of the areas finest private captains to place you on the best manatee tours for your group.

The manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two forelimbs, called flippers, with three to four nails. The manatee head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. Manatees are related to the Steller's Sea Cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 - 1,200 pounds. They can grow to 13 feet and weigh as much as 3,000 pounds (though that is very rare). Calves are born weighing in between 60 - 70 pounds and can add as much as 700 pounds in their first year. Wow, now that's a big baby! During a recent trip in the waters, we spotted several mamas with their baby calves close by. Unlike dolphins, they do not have sonar and when separated for just short amounts of time can result in a tragic ending. Experienced captains that guide the  tours are not only knowledgeable about Crystal River Florida but also make sure the potential encounter will be safe for both manatee and you.

Crystal River, Florida is the only area where the herds are growing. The areas of Crystal River/Homosassa Springs of Citrus County are very proud of this and residents as well as visitors that participate in the  tours can observe manatees in their natural habitat. Most  tours have guides that are true professionals and respect the manatees and the precious environment. This area is an amazing outdoors paradise during all seasons. Crystal River and Homosassa have wonderful temperatures and land and seascapes that provide an ideal place to live or visit for people and animals! During an encounter you'll realize that the 72 degree waters flowing to the surface from the Florida Aquifer in local springs provide warm homes for these gentle giants. While respect from humans has begun to help the manatee populations grow there is still much work to be done. In this spirit, we list area information to the public in reference to interactions and trips in the Nature Coast of Florida.
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