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It is not only bad manners to bother or harass a manatee, it's illegal. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has strict rules, especially in Kings Bay, regarding human-manatee interactions. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

In Crystal River, get mellow with manatees

CRYSTAL RIVER — Manatees don't like cold water or crowds. That's why Darren Wilkes recommended staying aboard the pontoon boat and finishing my cup of coffee. "Take your time," advised the veteran manatee tour captain. "Just chill out and relax. The manatees aren't going anywhere." Wilkes has been running the ponto …

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