Fun Manatee Facts and Information

Manatees are the big lovable lugs of marine mammal life. Not sleek like dolphins – or as intelligent – but no dummies either. Unlike sharks, they’re practically cuddly (approach a manatee gently on one of our manatee tours and it may turn over and ask for a belly scratch!).

If you love manatees as much as we love manatees (and we’re positive you’ll become a raving fan once you meet them), then we know you’ll want to learn as much as possible about these wonderful gentle giants.

Read below for some “fun” facts about manatees.

  • Average Manatee 10ft long weighing 800-1200 pounds.
  • They have been known to reach 13 ft and 3500 pounds.
  • When born they are 3-4 ft long and 60-70 pounds.
  • Manatees are herbivores meaning plant eating animals.
  • Manatees replace worn teeth throughout their lifetime.
  • Manatees have fairly good vision and can distinguish between colors.
  • Manatees cannot survive in temperatures below 68 degrees (20 Celsius).
  • Manatees spend 6-8 hours a day feeding.
  • Manatees surface for air every 3-5 minutes.
  • Manatees do not form permanent bonds when breeding.
  • Manatees can stay submerged up to 20 minutes.
  • Females mature for breeding at about 5 years old and 8 years old for males.
  • On average one calf is born every 5 years.
  • Gestation period is about 1 year long
  • Mothers nurse young for up to 2 years.
  • Manatees may live as long as 60 years.
  • Manatees do not have eyelashes.
  • Manatees prefer water 3-7 feet deep.
  • Manatees range from Virginia to Texas and one was documented in Rhode Island. (Very rare).
  • Manatees eat 10% to 15% of their body weight each day.
  • Manatees are an endangered species.

We offer Manatee Tours year round. Click Here for Info on our Winter Manatee Tours!
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Our Tours

Tour A
Crystal River Manatee Tour
Swim with manatees in the Crystal River, the highest concentration of manatees worldwide.  7am & 10am.
Tour B
Crystal River Manatee Tour
Our later manatee tour on King's Bay. Since manatees tend to rest later in the day, this tour is only scheduled by request.
Tour C
Our 1st Class Manatee Tour!
Private manatee tour from 2-6 guests. Enclosed Houseboat, heated in Winter. Swimming with manatees in several springs. Continental Breakfast, snacks, beverages. FREE Hotel Room - Ask Captain Mike for details! YEAR ROUND. 8 AM Only.
The Best Scalloping Tour
Enjoy a peaceful day on the water, scalloping in the Crystal River Florida area. Scalloping Tour is $65/Per Person, No Minimum, Includes Fishing License, Mask, Fins and Snorkel