Manatee Abuse in Crystal River

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This video absolutely breaks my heart and is a scathing example of ecotourism gone horribly wrong.  We are literally loving our manatees to the point of harm.  I often hear from (probably) well meaning people that they have been to swim with the manatees in Crystal River and other known congregation sites for wintering sea cows in Florida.  And I’ve always wondered who was out there watching and ensuring that these people do indeed have a safe and respectful experience with these animals. 

Apparently, there needs to be more watching.  If you’re a Floridian and you intend to swim with manatees in the near future please be sure to choose a responsible tour operator and be responsible for yourselves as well.  Its times like this that I wish manatees had sabre tooths sticking out of their beautiful faces to scare overly excited people away.


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