Travel Fantasy: Manatee Watching

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you are in Florida, by any chance between now and the end of next March you can experience something totally out of this world - manatee-watching. About 70 miles north of Tampa on the Crystal River is where the magic happens. As manatees can't survive in water below 60 degrees, every year during winter they migrate to Kings Bay where people can see them up close and if you are brave enough, you can even go for a swim with those gentle giants. I also read that despite their size they are incredibly trusting and the only thing they want is affection. Isn’t that sweet? Would you fancy a dip with one of them? xo

P.S: Here is Louise’s experience.
P.P.S: Do you remember the man and this elephant best pal? Love!

(via The New York Times. Top photo via Jeri)

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is fascinating and I would love to try it. I also heard that the only look scary but they are very gentle, as you said. Love your blog.
L.

Ryan Adair said...

There is also another place closer to central Florida called Blue Springs-- you can not swim with them, but it is still neat to watch-- My fiance and I actually got engaged there! :)

The Crystal river is really awesome-- some of the biggest gators I have seen in the wild swim in those waters... and there are monkeys who live on part of the river too-- apparently an old Hollywood Tarzan Movie used them as props, and they started to colonize and thrive there.. :)

Kristina said...

those pictures are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Thank you, L and I love them too, Kristina:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Ryan that is so sweet and totally romantic:) Congrats on the engagement! Oh I'm totally going to check out Blue Springs now and Crystal River sounds so awesome. It would be such a fantastic place to visit. Thanks!

A76 said...

Aww Manatees - I love these fascinating cereatures and would love to swim among them!
xoxo

Caitie said...

Oooo somewhere awesome I've actually been! Haha:) When I was maybe 9 or 10, I went swimming with the manatees in Crystal River. It was amazing! I'd love to do it again some day.

Designwali said...

wow...i had no idea they were THAT huge....cool, but I think I would be too chicken. I would have to watch from afar.

christin said...

I want to hug a manatee REALLY bad.

Eliza Jane said...

You know, I've scuba dived with sharks, and that was really cool. But for some reason, snorkelling with manatee would scare the crap out of me....x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I would totally want to swim with them and they do look very sweet!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Mal said...

That is so cool! I want to do that!

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Josie said...

They are amazing creatures! I've seen them in the wild in Florida and they are very intimidating...We were out on a river and they passed our boat and scared all of us until we realized they were manatees and then we were just in awe!

Mary Beth Heishman said...

Beautiful mermaids, I just adore their kind faces.

nicole said...

Wow, i'm so amazed to have have stumbled upon this post a week before I head to florida! After reading this I'm going to venture over to crystal rivers & see what awaits me!
Thanks a million for sharing!
xx Nicole

SJ said...

so many of my travel fantasies are animal experiences! this looks amazing!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

What a dream to swim with these gentle beast.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is awesome, Caitie and Christin, awww you are so cute!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh did you really, Eliza? That is incredible and totally awesome. I think, I would be too scared to scuba dive with sharks.

Diana Mieczan said...

Perfect timing, isn't it Nicole? Have a great time in Florida:)

Patricia Villamil said...

I grew up in miami and was always in awe of these creatures. Some of them get injured by speeding boats down here. It's actually a negligence problem bc eveeybodyy knows about these manatees down here. You can spot them in manglars and canals that empty out to the ocean, of which there are plenty here. Dolphins and manatees are part of Florida's distinct fauna.

Annie said...

This post makes me SO happy. I've been in love with manatees since I was a little girl and have an adopted manatee in Florida. I still haven't swam with them.. hopefully one day!!

Annie said...

p.s. I have pet some up close and they are THE SWEETEST! Plus they can't bite because their teeth are in the back of their throat. Interesting fact - they're cousins with the elephant!

Anonymous said...

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