Swimming With Manatees

The highlight of our recent trip to Florida was a visit to Crystal River to swim with manatees.

We booked an early morning tour to beat other boats and enjoy the manatees in greater concentrations. We hoped we would see a few manatees, maybe touch a couple, and get some nice underwater photos.

Me ready to get in the water
Me in Wetsuit

Little did we know we would be completely surrounded by lovable, friendly manatees numbering well over 20 including babies and a mother who was not too far away from giving birth. She was estimated at around 3,000 pounds!

Continue below for LOTS of photos

Swimming With Manatees

Manatee

Swimming With Manatees

Swimming With Manatees

Manatee

Manatee

Manatees

Manatee

Swimming With Manatees

Manatee Swimming Upside Down

We spent almost 2 hours in the water and even after getting out, enjoyed interacting with the sea cows from the boat’s edge.

Manatee

Manatee

Manatee

Bird’s Underwater did an amazing job and Captain John was funny and fun!
Bird's Underwater

2 thoughts on “Swimming With Manatees

  1. Eileen – swimming with their cute faces was one of the best experiences of my life!

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