Finding Manatees near Anna Maria Island is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a visting nature lover. These adorable herbivore creatures love warm water and if you are lucky, you can spend a wonderful day watching Manatees play in the warm coastal waters near Anna Maria Island.
Manatees are very impressive during mating season as they are prone to barrel rolling and thrashing around in the water.
Be Careful While Boating!
Be sure to be cautious with your power boats around Manatee areas. Boat motor propellers are the leading cause of death and injury to these gentle creatures. Take the time to patiently navigate the waters near the shore line and throughout the inter coastal. This is where you are most likely to find them. Make sure you are not accidentally intruding on their space!
Unfortunately, the number of Manatees is very limited and they are sometimes hard to find.
If you are really fortunate, you might also find yourself swimming with them off the northern end of the island. It is a wonderful experience!
Visiting the MOTE
If you are having trouble finding manatees in the wild near Anna Maria Island, then try your luck at the MOTE Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. It is a truly remarkable establishment devoted to understanding and supporting all marine wildlife, including Manatees!