Manatees

Kicking Back on Anna Maria Island

by Terry Conway Tucked along the teal-colored Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island sits on a tiny spindle of land at the mouth of Tampa Bay. There is no grand dame hotel, no sprawling wildlife preserve,  no historic waterfront. The island is dominated by palm trees and low-slung Crayola-colored beach cottages and scores of renovated …

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Crystal River: Home to Manatee Swimming Hole

by Terry Conway   They are gentle giants. Known for whiskery faces and large, seal-like bodies that taper down to powerful flat tails, Florida’s largest herd of endangered manatees makes their annual migration to the Crystal River in November. The good-natured mammals can survive comfortably during the winter months in the natural warm springs that originate …

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