Crystal River is fondly referred to as the “Manatee Capital of the World” and it’s no wonder why. Every year, the famous West Indian manatee migrates to our warm springs to escape the frigid water in the Gulf. A manatee cannot survive in water colder than 68 degrees, which makes the springs of the Nature Coast an ideal retreat at 72 degrees year-round. In short, Florida is the only place in the world where the manatees will gather together in such large numbers. The Citrus County manatees find safe haven in our natural spring waters.
Citrus County Manatee Sanctuaries
The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge consists of 7 managed warm water sanctuaries. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) protect the manatee by roping off special areas where the manatee congregate. Every year, November 15th until March 31st the manatees gather in these special zones that keep them protected from boaters. Moreover, Three Sisters Springs closes off completely from kayakers and other watercraft to protect the Citrus County manatees.
Watch for Manatee Zones
Additionally, the USFWS designate special no wake zones in which boaters must follow strict speed limits. Unfortunately, humans are the number one reason manatee are endangered. The dangerous boat propellers strike the large creatures and can cause injury, even death in some cases.
Tourism & Citrus County Manatees
Manatees attract tourists from all over the world. Crystal River is the only area in the world where people can legally swim with the Manatee. Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 outbreak, many of the visitors from other countries cannot visit due to travel restrictions.
However, Citrus County’s tourism is still thriving with visitors from all over the United States. Swimming with the Citrus County manatees is a virus-friendly activity since it is outdoors and usually people go in groups of family and friends.
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