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Florida Springs Impose Stricter Rules As Manatee Numbers Ris

More than 700 manatees swim in the warm water springs throughout Crystal River, a record-breaking population in Citrus County. With about 5,000 manatees living in the wild, Crystal River is taking steps to protect endangered species from an increase in visitors.

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A River Ventures Manatee Tour Center bus loads guests for swim-with-manatees session in Crystal River.

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A River Ventures Manatee Tour Center searches for manatees in Crystal River so that guests may interact and swim with the "sea cow".

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John Welch and his wife Izzy Welch sit in a River Ventures boat hoping to spot a manatee.

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Ralph Zambito and his 8-year-old daughter Leah Zambito sits in a River Venture boat hoping to spot a manatee.

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River Venture guests put snorkels and grab tubes in preparation to swim with manatees in Crystal River.

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River Venture guests swim in a "dead man's float," a calm position that won't scare away manatees. Crystal River homeowners watch as guests swim outside their backyard.

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Manatee tour boats wade in the water while their guests swim with manatees.

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A manatee swims past a River Venture boat, producing circles of water called "manatee footprints."

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River Venture in-water tour guide and Captain Sean Daugthery drives guests back to shore from their swim-with-manatee tour session.

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Sean Daugherty holds up a picture of himself and one of his favorite manatees "Snuffy."

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River Venture in-water tour guide and Captain Sean Daugthery drives guests back to shore from their swim-with-manatee tour session.

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Ralph Lambito and his 8-year-old daughter look out at Crystal River after their River Ventures swim-with-manatees tour.

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A River Ventures boat passes an idle speed sign.

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Swim with Manatee Diary - Feb 8 2015

Feb 8, 2015 Captain Mike's 12oclock tour had a close up encounter with this awesome animal! Check out the close up! Is he smiling for the camera??

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Swim with Manatee Diary - Feb 3 2015

Feb 3 2015 Captain Sean captured a very awesome picture of fellow captain, Captain John and a very confused baby trying to find a willing mommy to nurse. Very funny. Very unique experience. Very cool.

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