Manatee expedition "the making of": the canoe

January 31, 2013

Manatee expedition: "the making of". Getting a canoe made a lot of sense in Florida. There is a lot of nature and wildlife, but most of this is only accessible by water. With the manatees in mind we bought this used canoe so that we could get to the site and stay as long as we wanted. We put in before first light and paddled towards the springs as the sun came up. The manatees come to these freshwater springs in the winter, especially during cold spells. The manatees do not tolerate long periods with a water temperature below 20C (68F). The springs are a constant 22C (72F) which is an attractant to the manatees in winter.

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Click here for images of the manatees.

 

Click here for more info from US Fish and Wildlife Service including manatee viewing guidelines and prohibitions.

Click here for more info from Save the Manatee Club, including rules on how to interact with manatees to minimize human disturbance.

Click here for info on the nearby zoo Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park with manatees and other Florida wildlife. Most of the animals in the zoo are native to Florida and roam in relatively large enclosures. The animals, including manatees, can be viewed from a pathway, observation deck and underwater observatory. Wild manatees can often be seen from the observation deck.

 

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Paddling towards the spring where the manatees are at first light, Crystal River, Kings Bay, Florida, USAPaddling towards the spring where the manatees are at first light, Crystal River, Kings Bay, Florida, USA.


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