5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448352-628-2474 800-442-2040
Fun for the entire family! Snorkel the Gulf of Mexico for the sweet meat in the shell. Part snorkeling experience, part treasure dive and part saltwater fishing trip, scalloping along the unspoiled shores of Homosassa provides a salty adventure to fishers of all ages.
Scallop Homosassa, Manatee Swims, Homosassa Fishing, Unspoiled Florida
Top Reasons to Swim with us
- Snorkel gear and wet suits included
- Experienced knowledgeable captains
- View from the boat if you don't snorkel
STOP IN OUR BAIT & TACKLE SHOP FOR ALL OF YOUR SCALLOPING SUPPLIES
$55 per person
includes wet suit, mask & snorkel
We’re the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with manatees and our guides are trained to make sure we treat this beloved species with the utmost care and respect.
Our springs, fed by the Florida aquifer, are the natural choice for manatees to seek warm water shelter when temperatures in the Florida gulf fall below 65 degrees (18C). In waters that cold, manatees experience cold stress and even hypothermia. Springs are the natural sheltering choice for manatees since the springs have a constant temperature of 72 degrees.
There are options for everyone to see manatees in their natural environment, from swimming with manatees to viewing tours, Kayaking, to visiting the incredible Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
An adult Florida manatee is roughly 10-13 feet long and weighs between 800-1,200 pounds. The gentle, slow-moving mammals spend a large part of their time eating, traveling and resting. Being predominantly herbivores, they eat a wide variety of floating, submerged or emergent plants, such as freshwater vegetation and sea grasses. In fact, a manatee consumes up to 10-15 percent of its body weight in vegetation every day.
Although manatees can remain underwater for a long time, they are mammals and must go to the water surface periodically. When resting, Florida manatees will remain submerged at the bottom or slightly below the water surface for up to 20 minutes. However, when engaged in activities that require a lot of energy, the manatees come to the water surface to breathe after every 30 seconds. A manatee can swim at a rate of 26 miles per hour, but doing so only in short bursts. Ordinarily, a manatee will swim for roughly 3-5 miles in one hour.
What is a scallop?
Bay scallops are bivalve molluscs that occur on Florida's west coast, in localized populations from Florida Bay, in Monroe and Dade counties, to St. Andrew Bay near Panama City. They are bottom dwellers living in 4-8 feet of water. They used to be harvested and sold commercially; now, only recreational anglers can take them during harvest season.
Where and how are scallops fished?
Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) can be fished in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County from July 1 to Sept. 24 each year. The bag limit is two gallons of unshucked animals per person per day or one pint of meat per person per day. Recreational harvesters should review current fishing license requirements before collecting bay scallops. To view current state of Florida regulations on harvesting bay scallops, view the article on bay scallop regulations.