Snorkeling with the Manatees
This weeks interview from The Informed Traveler
Their closest relative is the Elephant yet somewhere along the way, the Florida Manatee has adapted to a watery environment. The Manatee or 'Sea Cow' stay close to shore in winter months enjoying the warmer waters of the many springs that dot the Florida coastline venturing out only to feed during the day when hopefully the temperature goes up. In the summer months, when the Caribbean waters are warmer, they tend to stay out at sea to feed on grasses. They can grow up to 13 feet long and weigh as much as 1300 pounds or 590 Kilograms. Despite their size they are very curious and gentle creatures that seem to enjoy interacting with humans as much as the humans do. We talk with Birds Underwater in Crystal River Florida about their snorkel tours with the Manatees.
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