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How to be a Kind Coastal Visitor in Nature’s Place to Play

by Brittany Hall-Scharf

“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Seattle

Did you know that volunteers collected 23,396 pieces of trash from the coastal communities, dredge islands, and marine waters along Hernando County during the 2018 and 2019 Coastal Cleanups hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.

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The 8 Best Ways to Experience the Rich Ecological Diversity on Florida’s Adventure Coast

The tapestry of natural areas, parks, and preserves along Florida’s Adventure Coast support a spectacular diversity of flora and fauna. Spread along the Gulf of Mexico, the region offers 200,000 acres of protected parklands to explore, along with pristine rivers, swathes of old-growth forest, and the beautiful waters of the Gulf. From birding walks to family cycling trips.

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Manatee in clear spring Weeki Wachee water

Meet the Manatees: How to Spy these Amazing Creatures on Florida’s Adventure Coast

Florida is home to a wide array of wondrous creatures, from endangered Florida panthers and American alligators to gopher tortoises. But, Florida’s manatees are certainly the state’s most iconic wild inhabitants. A sub-species of the West Indian manatee, the marine mammals are found in freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater ecosystems throughout coastal Florida. These waters include tidal estuaries,.

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Manatee in Weeki Wachee Springs

Be Manatee Aware: How You Can Help Protect Manatees Along Florida’s Adventure Coast

by Brittany Hall-Scharf

It is that time of year again! Manatee slow speed zones are in effect. It is important to abide by these speed restrictions between October 1 and April 30 each year.

Florida manatees are slow-moving marine mammals found in shallow, coastal waters and rivers. They.

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8 Reasons Your Next Vacation Should be to Florida’s Adventure Coast

From majestic trees draped in Spanish moss, to gentle manatees floating along the inland waterways, to world-famous mermaids, Florida’s Adventure Coast beckons with a magical—and unique—appeal. This stretch of the state, which encompasses Hernando County and the charming towns of Brooksville and Weeki Wachee, reaches all the way to the Gulf of Mexico on the west to the.

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Bayport Manatee with Baby

Marching Molars and More about Manatees

Manatees are more than seagrass munching marine mammals; they are iconic, beloved symbols of natural Florida. View them in Florida’s Adventure Coast waterways, particularly during cooler times of the year.

Because Florida manatees swim in both salt and fresh water, you can often catch sight of them from shore. Bayport Park, Jenkins Creek Park, Linda.

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Bayport Manatee with Baby

7 Manatee Fun Facts

Florida Manatee, sometimes referred to as “Sea Cows” are frequent sights around the Adventure Coast, particularly in the 74 degree Weeki Wachee River. You already know that these gentle marine mammals are large – generally about 10 feet long, 800 to 1200 pounds – and gray in color like their distant elephant cousins. But did you know that the bones.

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