Florida Manatee Tours & Information
Marco Island Naples Florida Nature Tours
Manatees are large, docile, affectionate animals. They have flattened toenails, a prehensile upper lip and large digestive tract. They are vegetarians whose main source of food are grass beds.These mammals, also known as sea cows, typically surface every twenty minutes for air. In keeping with their nickname a male manatee is called a bull, a female is known as a cow and a baby manatee is a calf.
Manatees enjoy warm water, if the water becomes too cold they will move up river which is why Port of the Islands, south of Marco is a favorite place for manatee to frequent and a good place to take a Florida Manatee Tour. The problem which arises is a lack of food for the manatees. Also, if the water becomes too cold their energy level decreases preventing them from going to the Gulf for food. Power plants which warm the waters near them are also popular places for manatees to live.
Manatees have no natural predators. They are an endangered species due to man’s involvement. Red tides cause respiratory infection that has ended in many manatee deaths. Two contributing factors in red tides are an increase in water temperature and water pollution.
Boats also cause manatees a lot of harm. When a boat travels through an area with grass beds, the boat churns up everything destroying the grass beds. Boat propellers are also a danger because they slice up the manatee’s hide and cause infections. In addition, when a manatee collides with a boat it can fracture their ribs and possibly puncture a lung.
Boater education and manatee slow zones have greatly helped the manatee’s survival. What a boater should do in manatee areas is watch for the posted speed zone and sanctuary signs, and obey them. Using a pole, paddle, or trolling motor when in a grass bed area will help to keep them intact.
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Marco Island – Naples SW FL Manatee Tours
Island Hopper Boat Rentals and Tours, 525 Newport Dr., Naples, FL 34114 | 239-961-2473
Guided boat tours leaving Port of the Islands Marina, Naples, Florida Touring the Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands area. Rent a pontoon for a full day of fun. Whitehorse Key is a great place to beach your boat and find amazing shells. Walk the island, explore the 10,000 islands, and enjoy a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for manatee, dolphin, alligators and everything the Everglades has to offer. See the 10,000 islands up close.
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