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Florida manatees are found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal water ecosystems of the southeastern United States. They can live in fresh, brackish, or salt water. Manatees prefer waters that are about one to two meters (3-7 feet) deep. Along the coast, manatees tend to travel in water that is about three to five meters (10-16 feet) deep, and they are rarely seen in areas over six meters (20 feet) deep. This habitat provides them with sheltered living and breeding areas, a steady, easily obtainable food supply and warm water—all of which they need to survive.

Before viewing manatees in the wild, please read manatee protection tips for boaters and divers and swimmers.


 

Manatees in the Wild

There are lots of places in Florida to observe manatees. In the winter when the weather is cooler, generally November through March, you might be able to see manatees in the wild, clustered around warm water sources.

Here are four areas that Save the Manatee Club recommends.

 

Florida's East Coast

Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, Florida
386-775-3663
www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/default.cfm

 

Florida Power and Light Co.
Manatee Observation Center
Riviera Beach, Florida
1-800-552-8440
www.fpl.com 

 

Florida's West Coast

Tampa Electric Company - Manatee Viewing Center
(open November through April 15)
Apollo Beach, Florida
813-228-4289 for an information recording
www.tampaelectric.com/manatee

 

Lee County Manatee Park
(open year-round)
Ft. Myers, Florida
239-694-3537
www.leeparks.org

 

 

Manatees in Captivity

If the weather is warmer, manatees are more widely dispersed. A few manatees may range as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas during the summer months (one manatee was even documented in Rhode Island), but these sightings are rare. Summer sightings in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina are relatively common.

From April through October, you will probably only be able to see manatees at captive facilities. Save the Manatee Club recommends the following.

 

Florida's West & East Coasts

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa, Florida (75 miles north of Tampa)
352-628-5343
www.HomosassaSprings.org

 

Parker Manatee Aquarium - South Florida Museum
Bradenton, Florida
941-746-4131
www.southfloridamuseum.org/aquarium.asp

 

Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa, Florida
813-935-8552
www.lowryparkzoo.com

 

Miami Seaquarium
Miami, Florida
305-361-5705
www.miamiseaquarium.com

 

Central Florida

SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, Florida
407-351-3600
www.seaworld.com 

 

The Living Seas at Epcot | Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
407-824-4321
www.disney.com 

 

 

Manatees in the USA

 

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Powell, Ohio
614-645-3550
www.colszoo.org

 

SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, California
1-800-25-SHAMU
www.seaworld.com

 

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Cincinnati, Ohio
513-281-4700
www.cincyzoo.org 

 
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