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Manatees at Jenkins Creek, Hernando Beach, Florida

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There are many things you can do around Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee even on a cold day in January. 

Jenkins Creek and the adjacent Linda Pedersen Park is located off Shoal Line Blvd between Weeki Wachee and Hernando Beach. The area is popular with fishermen and in the summer, people enjoy taking a dip in the swimming hole. 

After a few days of nice weather in the 70s, temperatures dipped low again and today the high was in the low 50s. The water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the canals around Hernando Beach also have cooled off considerable. 

Today, we went to Jenkins Creek to see if the Manatees had started to gather yet. There were about 6-8 individual Manatees in the waters. We could see them from the observation tower and the boardwalk at Jenkins Creek. There are four Manatees captured in the photo below, three are coming up for air, a fourth one is resting below. 


Manatees at Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes


Manatees - also known as sea cows - live in our warm waters off the coast.  When the water temperature drops, they will be looking for warmer water and swim upstream rivers and creeks. Jenkins Creek and the nearby Weeki Wachee River originate from springs that have a constant water temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Just warm enough for the Manatees to hang out. 


Manatees in Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes

Although Jenkins Creek is fed by a spring, the water level is also dependent on the tide so the water is brackish. Today, tide was low but that didn't stop some fishermen from trying their luck.

You never know what you will see when taking a nature walk. On our way back to the parking lot, we were lucky to observe a large Hawk sitting on one of the pavillions. He was quite observant and watched intently as everyone walked by. 


Hawk at Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes



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Comments (12)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Silvia - the Mantees are really spectacular.  I guess they are found on both coasts since they are also on the Treasure Coast.

Jan 14, 2018 03:42 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Grant Schneider yes, they are on both coasts. I've seen dozens of them one year in the Cape Canaveral area. They looked stranded but in fact, they were mating. It was quite a spectacle and many people stopped to see what was going on. 

Jan 14, 2018 03:52 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love manatees, and still have not seen them personally even after so many trips to Florida.  I have seen various shows on them.  A

Jan 14, 2018 03:57 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Silvia,
I did not know manatees are also known as sea cows.  The Hawk looks like he could blend right into the landscape if he wanted to.  Have a great week, Silvia.

Jan 14, 2018 04:02 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Ron and Alexandra Seigel winter time would be your best chance as they come closer to shore. There are places like Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County where dozens of them will gather so that is always a great place to see them. 

Carol Williams thank you, it's true, if the hawk had chosen to sit in a tree, we would probably not seen him. 

Jan 14, 2018 04:28 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am fascinated with manatees.  You are very fortunate to live near to thses amazing creatures, Silvia.

Jan 14, 2018 04:42 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Silvia I have never seen a manatee, they must be a special sight to see.

Jan 14, 2018 05:15 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wonderful weather and so much to do that is fun, Hernando Beach is definitely a great place to be!

Jan 15, 2018 09:51 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you, they are actually quite common around here but still it's always a treat to see them!

George Souto they sure are interesting creatures and they move very slowly!
Brian England it sure is, thank you Brian!

Jan 15, 2018 03:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Jan 19, 2018 03:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Silvia, this would be pretty neat to see, as of course, we don't have them here.    Interesting mammal.

Jan 19, 2018 01:34 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Roy Kelley thank you, everyone seems to like manatees. 

Joan Cox no, I believe that!  :-)

Jan 23, 2018 05:53 PM