Yes you might have heard All Water Adventures specializes in Manatee Tours!
Set sail on our 30’ pontoon or our 34’ custom Time and Tour with touch tank to view manatee and other wildlife in the Banana and Indian River. We have plenty of room for you to spread out and enjoy your day. We have trips lasting only a couple hours or spend all day with us enjoying Brevard County’s nature. We can comfortably accommodate up to six passengers on our Pontoon boat or up to 13 on custom tour boat!
The wide deck on our boats allow a large stable platform to enjoy nature and the best opportunities for photographing these gentle giants. There are many days where Manatees will come right up to our boat and hang out for the entire duration of our trip.
A large part of a manatee’s day is spent sleeping in the water, surfacing for air regularly at intervals no greater than 20 minutes. Manatees spend most of the rest of the time grazing in shallow waters at depths of 3-5 feet. Some have been known to live up to 60 years.
Manatees are usually seen alone, in pairs, or in small groups of a half dozen or fewer animals. There are a few times where we see as many as 30 Manatees in one small canal! From above the water’s surface, the animal’s nose and nostrils are often the only thing visible. Like all marine mammals, Manatees must breathe air at the surface. A resting manatee can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes, but while swimming, it must surface every three or four minutes.
Manatees are born underwater. Mothers must help their calves to the surface so that they can take their first breath, but the infants can typically swim on their own only an hour later. We have watched several Manatees give birth over the years, it is an awe-inspiring event!
Manatees are herbivores and eat over 60 different plant species, such as mangrove leaves, turtle grass, and types of algae. Using its divided upper lip, an adult manatee will commonly eat up to 10% of its body weight per day. It’s never a good idea to throw food in the water for them, not to mention it is illegal.
Fossil remains of Florida manatee ancestors date back about 45 million years. Average lifespan is about 40 years.