Closely related to the elephant, the manatee is Florida’s state marine mammal. “Gentle giants,” as they are called…
The Florida manatee is an endangered species. But this post is not about that. It’s about going to Blue Springs State Park to see this amazing, gentle, huge and slow creature up close and personal. As a surprise on Saturday, Chris woke the family up to do just that. Commune with nature.
It was cool! Not only is Blue Springs State Park a beautiful and well-kept state park, it’s bustling with activity–of all varieties.
Florida manatees spend their days floating down the St. John’s river. The conditions (except for those boaters) are just right. Except in the winter. According to Eco Florida Mag:
Manatees thrive in warm water. At temperatures below 68 degrees F, manatees stop eating, suffer cold stress and oftentimes die. This is why they migrate to the coastal areas, rivers, canals and estuaries in Florida and southern Georgia during winter. They especially prefer the slow-moving rivers and shallow coves and bays where there are warm springs and lush sea grass beds.
This is how hundreds of manatees end up at Blue Springs every Jan. and Feb. They truly are gentle giants. Such boring, yet interesting creatures!
We had such a great day. The weather was cool, but not uncomfortable. The location was beautiful. The boys were well-behaved not horrible. I would have to give Chris kudos for this idea, and highly recommend Blue Springs State Park to anyone living in central Florida.
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