Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Manatees of Blue Spring

Sunday, February 3rd - - Located north of Orlando, Florida along the St. Johns River, Blue Spring State Park is the winter home of a small population of West Indian Manatees. Perhaps a dozen or so were within the viewing area provided by the park on the day I visited. For more information on the Manatees, see the Save the Manatee website.

The shallow, crystal-clear water is ideal for viewing the Manatees.

A little one coming up for air.

A group of four youngsters heading upstream.

This one was feeding on the algae at the bottom of the stairs. It was there for quite a while and it was one of the larger manatees in the area that day.

Another large one meandering upstream. They seemed to like to hang out beneath the viewing platform.

A more mature manatee.

A psychedelic version, compliments of a little wind and some sunshine.

There was a lot of pushing going on around a tree that had fallen into the stream.

The green leaves must have been the best tasting...

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Becky Wiseman, "The Manatees of Blue Spring," Kinexxions, posted February 20, 2013 ( : accessed [access date])


Carol said...

Beautiful and it looks warm. Still a bit coolish in Arizona. I think I need to put this on my bucket list!

Becky Wiseman said...

Thanks, Carol. Yes, it was warm! There are several other places in Florida where the Manatees can be viewed. Interesting creatures and well worth a visit.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Love manatees and Blue Springs. Been there a fee times but I don't remember the wster and colors being so vivid and clear.