Manatee Appreciation Day

In honor of Manatee Appreciation Day I am reflection on my first sweet meeting with the manatee in the Crystal River, Florida

What a wonderful moment. I have always dreamed of seeing the original mermaids… and the first chance happened to be with a mama and baby.

The baby was playing under and around my paddle board, like a little game of peek-a-boo.

You can see more of the manatee in the YouTube video Mermaid and Manatee.

Here are a few of the moments from the day…

Some interesting facts about manatee…

1. Manatees munch on leafy greens for nearly half the day and can weigh up to 1,200 pounds.

2. Manatees love Florida for its warm waters. They prefer to swim in 60° or warmer temperatures.

3. Manatees usually head to the surface to breathe every three to five minutes but can last more than 20 minutes underwater.

4. The closest living relative to the manatee is the elephant.

5. Manatees will lose their teeth throughout their lives and just keep growing more.

6. Hundreds of years ago, sailors were reported to have seen mermaid like creatures while out at sea. Scientists now conclude they were probably manatees.

7. The average speed of a manatee is between three and five miles an hour but most can swim up to 20 miles an hour.


Remember go slow around the Manatee, and lets help preserve their home for generations to come!


Mermaid and Manatee

Join me for a mermaid swim with manatees at the Three sisters Springs in Florida.

It was the off season to see them, yet we were blessed to find a few, including a mama and baby!

Mertailor Mermaid Tails By Eric Ducharme

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Crystal River Manatee

Had a spontaneous adventure today to the Crystal River to visit the Three Sisters Springs with my scuba dive instructor. It is the off season for manatee, but he was once a guide on these rivers and so we were blessed to find a few along the way, including a mama and baby. Thanks to Derek for the reflections of our journey!