01 Dec Citrus County Manatees Takeover the Springs
Crystal River is famously called the “Manatee Capital of the World,” and it’s no wonder why. Every year, the famous West Indian manatee migrates to our warm spring water to escape the frigid Gulf. A manatee cannot survive in water colder than 68 degrees, making the springs of the Nature Coast an ideal retreat. Many of the springs stay around 72 degrees all year. Florida is the only place in the world where the manatees congregate together in such large numbers.
Take Caution in the Manatee Zones
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 gather. Every year, November 15th until March 31st, the Citrus County manatees gather in these special zones that keep them safe from boaters. Three Sisters Springs closes off entry from kayakers and other watercraft to protect the Citrus County manatees.
Also, the USFWS designate special no wake zones in which boaters must abide by strict speed limits. Unfortunately, boaters are the number one reason manatee are endangered. The dangerous boat propellers strike the Citrus County manatees and can cause serious injury, even death.
Citrus County Manatees Bring Tourism
The Citrus County manatees attract tourists from all over the world. Crystal River is the only place 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, tourism is still thriving with visitors from all over the United States. Swimming with the manatee is a virus-friendly activity since it is outdoors and usually people go in groups of family and friends.
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