Florida's Manatees

In 2003 and 2005 I visited Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, where the stars of the show are the friendly manatees.
In 2003 I also travelled to Sarasota, Florida to work with PhD scientist Jennifer Miksis who was studying the manatees' response to environmental noise.
Florida manatees
Common raccoons
Eastern grey squirrels
Osprey
Pelicans
Black skimmers
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Sarasota Beach
Lake Apopka
Florida manatee

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Last updated 8 January 2008

Florida manatees, Crystal River
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Florida manatee and snorkeller
© Liz Bellarby 2005
Florida manatee and snorkeller
© Liz Bellarby 2005
Florida manatee and snorkeller
© Liz Bellarby 2005
Common raccoons
Common raccoons foraging
Common raccoons foraging, Crystal River
Common raccoons
Common raccoons, Crystal River
Common raccoon
Common raccoon, Sarasota mangrove forest 
Common raccoon
Common raccoon, Sarasota mangrove forest 

Eastern grey squirrels
Eastern grey squirrel
Eastern grey squirrel, Crystal River
Eastern grey squirrel
Eastern grey squirrel, Sarasota mangrove forest





Osprey, Crystal River
Osprey Osprey

Pelicans (brown and American white), Crystal River
Brown pelican
Brown pelicans
Brown pelican
Brown pelican
American white pelicans
American white pelicans
Brown pelican on boat speed sign
To protect the manatees, boat speed restrictions are in place.  The local brown pelicans at Crystal River seem to favour the boat speed signs as perches from which to fish.

Black skimmers
Black skimmers Black skimmers, Fort Island Gulf Beach (a few miles from Crystal River) Black skimmer
Black skimmer, Sarasota Beach
Black skimmers on beach
Black skimmers, Sarasota Beach
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Fort Island Gulf Beach pier at sunset Fort Island Gulf Beach at sunset
Fort Island Gulf Beach Fort Island Gulf Beach

Sunset at Sarasota Beach

Sunset, Sarasota Beach
Lake Apopka
On the way back to Orlando Airport.
Jetty at Lake Apopka Jetty at Lake Apopka