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Manatee Watching at Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida

Manatee Watching at Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida

 

During the winter months, a special treat awaits visitors and residents in the waters of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida located just about 35 miles north of Spring Hill Florida. It's a pleasant and easy drive so we took the time today to pay Three Sisters a visit. 

 

When the water in the Gulf of Mexico gets cold, the warmer waters of springs throughout Florida attract manatees so it's not unusual to see manatees.  However, the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River do attract more than 25% of the manatee population in the winter months and it's a spectacular sight to see so many manatees congregated in one area. 

 

Manatees at Three Sisters Springs Photos by Silvia Dukes

There is board walk that leads around the springs and visitors can get a good view of these gentle giants as they lazily lay about in the water coming up occasionally to catch a breath of air only to then submerge themselves again. 

 

When we went today, there were easily a hundred animals congregated in several areas of the springs. It was amazing to watch them slowly move along or just huddle together keeping each other company. There were many juveniles and even some babies in the groups. 

 

Adult manatees can get up to 12 feet long and can weigh from 1000 to 3000 pounds. They are strictly vegetarian and eat sea grass and weeds.  Manatees are mammals that nurse their young. 

 

Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and located just West of US 19 in Crystal River, Florida.  Parking is available at the Visitor Center on US 19 from which a trolley will take you to the spring area. Admission is $15 per adult with discounted rates for children and seniors and includes parking and the trolley ride.

   

 

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Comments

Hi Silvia, I used to love to see the manatees when we lived on Amelia Island.  I remember the time my sons came home screaming to their dad that there was a sea monster in the creek across the street.  They had been fishing in the brackish water and had never seen a manatee as we had just moved there from Rome, Georgia.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 4 years ago

Sybil Campbell  "sea monster" - that's quite funny but I can see why kids would think that, those manatees can get quite big! Luckily, they are completely harmless.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

I've enjoyed reading about manatees and how sailors mistook them for mermaids but I've never had the pleasure of seeing one for real. You have to wonder how drunk those sailors were?

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 4 years ago

     That is absolutely beautiful.  Both the manatees, and the spring. 

     My friend had a house in Crystal River; he told me about "Three Sisters", but that was years ago when it was private.  I just read that it was acquired by Fish and Wildlife in 2010.

     I see that swimming/diving is allowed there.  I also read that it is closed on certain days (when it gets too full of manatees, like in your photos!)

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm  good question!  

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Fred Griffin you are right, where the spring waters enter the river, there were quite a few swimmers and a few boaters attempting to get closer to the manatees.  However, there was a rope restricting the movement of the boats. The manatees didn't seem bothered at all.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Silvia that must have been a special site.  I would love to see that some day.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago

Silvia how interesting to get so close up to the manatees, this is still on my list of places to see....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 4 years ago

Good morning Silvia. Many of us will rarely get a glimpse or what you most likely see on a pretty regular basis. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 4 years ago

Hi Silvia.  What a beautiful place to visit.  100 manatees in one location.  Wow!

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

I didn't realize they are mammals and grow so big. What a sight that must have been!

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Hello Silvia ... this looks like a great time and if the water is clear enough I could get some great videos of the manatees.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 4 years ago

George Souto the manatees come into the springs and rivers in the winter time in great numbers because of the warmer water temperature. Just make sure to come see them in the winter months, once the Gulf waters warm up, they will disperse. 

Endre Barath, Jr.  it's a sight to see for sure!  You can also sign up to swim - or rather lay about - with them at this location.  They don't move very fast!

 

 

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Joe Petrowsky  thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them. It's always so easy to take for granted what we have at our door step.

Conrad Allen yes, that's quite a lot!

Debbie Reynolds  they are big and weigh tons!  So much for eating veggies all day and staying slim! :-)

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz  thank you, the water is crystal clear actually but that day, there was a bit of a ripple effect on the surface because of some wind. I actually took some video as well and need to process it! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Hi Silvia - I have seen them when I visit my sister in Martin County.  I didn't realize that they come into fresh water.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 4 years ago

Grant Schneider yes, they do, they seem to be quite adaptable in this respect.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 4 years ago

 Good morning Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES . I used to bring bottles of water for the manatee's to drink. They  are such neat animals.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Hi Silvia-such amazing creatures. In the summer there was always a couple under my dock shading themselves from the hot sun. Love watching them.

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for telling us about the Manatee watching opportunities at Three Sisters Springs.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Silvia, I think this would be so fun, and heard they are so gentle but beautiful.   You do live in Paradise!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 4 years ago

Silvia, I would love to visit Three Sisters Springs and see the manatees. I never knew that they would be that big.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 4 years ago

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