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Paddling with manatees

Paddling with manatees on the Crystal River in Florida

On this Father’s Day, I am featuring photos from my dad who lives part of the year in Florida. On this canoeing trip on the Crystal River, he found himself in a network of connected springs with a few other paddlers, some snorkelers, and over 200 manatees. Manatees swim into the Florida Rivers in the winter and congregate to seek more optimal water temperatures than found in the ocean.

Paddling with Manatees

Florida manatees in the Crystal River

There are about 40 resident manatees that live year round in the Crystal River, but in the winter, there can be as many as 400. Great to see gatherings of these peaceful animals who at times have been on the verge of extinction. You too can paddle with these gentle creatures or take a snorkeling tour.


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