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Manatee Sanctuary Zones in effect
Manatee Sanctuary Zones in effect

Homosassa, Florida -- Manatee sanctuary zones are now in effect until April. During the colder months, manatees can be found herding in the waters of Citrus County.

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was established to provide critical habitat for the endangered manatees and is now home to more than 25% of the nation's population.

Snorkeling is an excellent way to observe manatees at close range. These excursions should be made with the assistance of a guide or a tour company which can supply everything you'll need, including mask, snorkel and wet suit.

Another great way to meet a manatee is to visit the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The park serves as a rehabilitation center and refuge for injured and orphaned endangered West Indian manatees.