Magical Manatees

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This video was shot in Three Sisters Springs at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. The footage was captured using a GoPro while conducting health check-ups and taking photography for population research on Jan. 30, 2014.

Special Thanks
Dr. Bob Bonde, USGS and the dozens of volunteers who conduct annual manatee health assessments.

"Music for Manatees" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Filmed on location in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, January 30, 2014.

USGS Manatee Research:

This work was conducted under authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research permit number MA791721 issued to Sirenia Project, USGS.


Date Taken:

Location Taken: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL, US

Video Credits

Camera: Nick Aumen, USGS
Writer: Catherine Puckett, USGS


Water temp: 72º F year-round Air temp: 42º Crystal River is a cold-water refugia for manatees because of its consistent year-round water temps USGS researchers conduct health check-ups and take photos for population research. Care is given to not disturb the resting manatees on the spring bottom. Researchers take photos to update a "Who's Who?" catalog of the manatee world. There are many visible scars due to boat propellers. This manatee has blue paint from the bottom of a boat A hungry and determined cormorant joins the manatees Satellite tag with break-away tether. The manatee surfaces for a breath Cuts on tails are from boat propellers.