Episode 802: Manatees: Conserving a Marine Mammal
Meet the experts featured in this episode.
Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:
Cathy A. Beck
Florida Power & Light Company
US Geological Survey, Sirenia Project
USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Florida Museum of Natural History
Daryl Domning, Ph.D.
Iskande V. Larkin, Ph.D.
Aerials of Crystal River's Kings Bay
The beautiful waters of Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida, are home to a large manatee population in the wintertime. When temperatures drop in the ocean, the large marine mammals seek refuge in the warmer, spring-fed waters of the bay. Their presence draws many tourists to the region, who come for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel with these gentle sea cows.
Three Sisters Springs
The beautiful and clear Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida, are a favorite hangout for manatees in the wintertime, when water temperatures drop in the Gulf of Mexico. The constant 72-degree water coming out of the springs provide a refuge for the giant marine mammals, which need warm water to survive.