lounging on the riverbed–
safe from propellers.
I’ve been fortunate to see these wonderful animals many times. They congregate at Blue Springs State Park and other spring-fed rivers when the weather turns cold and stay in the even temperature of 72 degrees spring water. They are fascinating and beautiful, gentle animals and very curious toward people. Their numbers are decreasing every year, however, mostly due to propellers of boats operating through manatee communities. They are an endangered species and protected by the state. Researchers believe there are only 2,000 – 3,ooo left in Florida. The Florida population is known as the West Indian Manatee out of the three types worldwide. I love to visit them whenever I get the chance.