Each year, the Tennessee Aquarium offers a chance to meet some of these incredible animals. This year, the Snorkel with the Manatees Weekend is scheduled for Friday, January 28th to Sunday, January 30th. It is truly an awe-inspiring weekend.
The excursion begins with a Friday night departure, giving everyone a chance to get some shut-eye en-route to Florida. When you wake up, it's time for a hearty breakfast before drift-snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the slow-moving Rainbow River. You'll be amazed at the size and number of gars, turtles and other aquatic animals you'll see on this stretch of water.
Strolling through the park is worth the trip and the staff does a tremendous job during narrated programs several times each day. Make sure you stop by the underwater viewing window to observe the fish and manatees. Learn more about this wonderful park here: http://www.hswsp.com/main.html
Manatees can grow to 13 feet in length, occasionally tipping the scales at more than 3,000 pounds. While you're in the water, make sure you listen carefully. These creatures communicate with squeaks and squeals. Sometimes they vocalize when playing, excited or frightened. Often, the sounds you hear are a mother manatee calling to its calf.