Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit.
- Read through the short USA Today article and look at the map above. Why do you think manatees migrate to Florida’s rivers and springs every winter?
- Florida manatees thrive in warm, shallow water. They migrate to warm springs and rivers during the winter.
- Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River ecosystem. Take a look at Crystal River on today’s MapMaker Interactive map. What large body of water do you think the manatees migrate to and from when they’re not congregating at the spring? Use the zoom feature (+/-) for some help.
- Manatees probably migrate around the shallow estuaries of the Crystal and Salt Rivers along the Gulf of Mexico.
- Why do naturalists think Three Sisters Springs experienced such manatee traffic?
- According to Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide, “The high numbers may be a result of greater protection in the area and because habitat areas in other parts of the state are being lost.”
- Watch the video with Brian Skerry, a Nat Geo photographer. What did he learn from spending time in Florida’s “mysterious world” of the sea cow?
- Despite the fact that manatees are reported to be solitary creatures, Skerry documented them interacting socially at the hot springs.
Nat Geo: Florida Manatee—How now, sea cow?
Nat Geo: Sea Cows in the Crystal River (map)
Nat Geo: The Mermaid Myth