See Manatees in Blue Springs State Park, Florida

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Now through middle of march you can visit Blue Spring State Park and see manatees in close proximity. Click here to see recent pictures from our trip up there.

Blue Spring State Park Photos

BLUE SPRING STATE PARK
MANATEES
The spring is much more than a scenic area for canoeing and swimming; it plays a vital role in the survival of one of Florida's most beleaguered residents -- the manatee. Visitors can learn more about this endangered animal through ranger interpretive programs. A chair accessible observation platform provides a view of the endangered mammals that gather at the spring during the cooler months of the year. From November through March, the manatees leave the colder waters of the St. Johns River for the safety and comfort of the 72-degree spring.

 

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Eli Magen
New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company) - Orlando, FL
Very nice Anna, beautiful photos. Did you know that you can swim with the manatees in Crystal River, FL?
Jan 09, 2007 04:48 AM #1
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Erik Wecks
Windermere Real Estate/The Stellar Group - Vancouver, WA

Can you swim with a manatee?   That water looks beautiful and clear.  I would love to put on a snorkel and get in the water with those gentle creatures.

Erik

Jan 09, 2007 04:49 AM #2
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Eli Magen
New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company) - Orlando, FL
We could, in a state park about 2 hours driving west from Orlando...beautiful place name Crystal River. I haven't done it in about 8 years now, and I've heard there is a law in FL now that security can tell us to get out of the water when a manatee is approaching...These creatures are huge but also very friendly. Unfortunately their numbers decreased dramatically in the last few years.
Jan 09, 2007 05:23 AM #3
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Anna, Good Job getting on Localism! What is your secret?!?!?! I tried to get my Speedway blog on there and it didn't go :(

Eli, now that they have laws protecting the manatee, you're not supposed to get near them, but if they get near you it's ok. At Blue Springs when the manatee's yearly migration occurs, they close the swiming area, but the diving area remains open, mantee and man are together in that area. I've been close to them in the ocean, but didn't try to touch them.

Jan 10, 2007 12:12 AM #4
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Eli Magen
New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company) - Orlando, FL
Lysa, Thats good to have the law to protect our natural wilderness including the manatees. I thought the rule is that EVERYBODY needs to get out of the water when a manatee approaches...and we are not allowed to youch them any more.
Jan 10, 2007 02:09 AM #5
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