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Manatee Tours in Crystal River, Florida

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Both Stacy and Mike are USCG 50 Ton Near Coastal Masters.

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Giving back to our community, the environment and protecting wildlife is our goal.

Everyday we are amazed at the amount of nature we have here, both on land and in our area waters. Any day on a quick boat ride around the bay, a camera can catch anything from otters, herons, bald eagles, alligators and of course, our fabulous manatees which stay year round.

With the areas growing population and popularity, comes the inevitable.... trash.  Whether disposed of on purpose or it escapes by accident, it ends up in our bay and waterways. Area birds get rescued quite often from entanglements and many die from ingesting fishhooks discarded with old bait. 

Our area manatees, the jewel of the county, also suffer.  Discarded fishing line, plastic bags (especially ice bags -also deadly to boat engines !!), old ropes, old deteriorating styrofoam docks, old crab trap lines and cages. Any of these things can lead to injury or worse, death. 

Mike and I work very hard to help our Crystal River Refuge and other agencies (FWRI, USGS, Sea2Shore, FWC) anyway we can. From lending a hand to rescue an injured manatee, spotting a sick one or helping with the yearly refuge events. Some of these events can even be seen on our local cable show, Florida Naturally, filmed and presented by Jeff Hall.

Also a good friend of mine: Artist Tim Thomas http://www.manateegiftshop.com

Water Projects - Save Our Springs : http://springseternalproject.org/

Changes in Seasons

Many people are not aware of several things: first, we do have manatees in our bay year round.

Be aware that once the Gulf of Mexico water temperature rises back above 72 degrees, the main numbers of manatees move out to feed along the coastlines for the summer months.

What remains in our bay are cow-calf pairs, pregnant cows, juveniles and others that feel safe here in Kings Bay Manatee Refuge. Numbers can be as low as 24 or as high as 77 in past summers.

Second, please be aware that once the water starts to warm, the bay waters turn more greenish and the clarity diminishes due to algae growth, sometimes visibility can be less than two feet!

 

Manatee Information

Chassachowitzka National Wildlife Refuge: http://chassahowitzka.fws.gov

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission: Manatee Viewing Guidelines: http://myfwc.com/education/wildlife/manatee/viewing-guidelines

Florida Wildlife Research Institute
http://myfwc.com/research/manatee/

USGS
http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/Manatees/manatees.html

Organizations helping manatees (Donations accepted!!)

Sea to Shore Alliance:
http://public.sea2shore.org/

Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership:
http://public.wildtracks.org/

Save the Manatee Club: You can adopt your own manatee!
http://www.savethemanatee.org/

Stacy and Gov. Crist    

 

Stacy and Gov. Crist    

 

Manatee rescue

Stacy and Gov. Crist    

 

Mike Dunn on Research Boat

Stacy and Gov. Crist    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

   
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