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One of our favorite wildlife encounters is swimming with manatees. Every January we drive down to the coastal town of Crystal River in Florida to visit them.
Swimming with manatees is unlike any other wildlife experience. Manatees are very curious, and will approach closely to investigate you. Some, like the youngsters, are very brave and may hold your hand or leg with their flippers and chew on your hands or feet. Swimming with manatees gives you a moment of intimacy with a wild animal, on their own terms. It is truly a unique experience.
All of the pictures in this photo gallery were taken in the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River during our various visits.
Would you like to swim with manatees? Do you know where to go? We can help you! Read our How to swim with Manatees guide and start preparing for one of the best wildlife encounters you’ll ever have. Don’t want to get in the water? Then find out Where to See Manatees in the Wild
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