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Will we see more/better manatees from Crystal River or Homosassa?

We want to swim with them and there are so many tours - any reccommendations would be appreciated, thanks

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Elk Rapids, Michigan
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1. Re: Manatees?

You can certainly see them at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

You can only legally swim with them in the Crystal River (Kings Bay). It is the only place in the USA where the law regarding encounters with marine mammals is suspended.

I have never used any tours so can't help you there. We were in Homosassa a few weeks ago and they had 4 manatees in the springs and one in their rehab pond.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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2. Re: Manatees?

I keep reading this. We swam with them in Homosassa Springs last January (with American Pro Divers). Have the rules changed since then? I notice the town boat rental places still offer tours and still say you can rent a boat and swim with them on your own. I am VERY confused trying to figure out what the real rules are?

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3. Re: Manatees?

Here now. You are definitely allowed to swim and snorkel with manatees in the springs. And you don't need a tour. You can rent a boat or kayak. I don't know why people are writing this.

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4. Re: Manatees?

The confusion is because you CANNOT swim with the manatees INSIDE the Park, but there are independent excursions OUTSIDE the park where you CAN swim with them.

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6. Re: Manatees?

The rule is that you CAN LEGALLY SWIM WITH THE MANATEE IN CITRUS COUNTY FLORIDA. The Homosassa River, Crystal River, and Chassahowitzka River are all located in Citrus County and it is legal to swim with them in any of these rivers.

Tampa, Florida
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7. Re: Manatees?

just as long as you follow the rules -- see post #5.

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