I couldn't stop gasping. They are so beautiful, gentle, slow, unafraid (which is why they are endangered), and simply amazing.
When the St. Johns river is cold, as it was this winter, they come up a side tributary called Blue Spring, where the water is a constant 72-degrees, and loll around until the river warms up.
Blue Spring State Park is now a reserve for the manatee. They can come and go as they please, but here they are safe and warm.
More from our south-Atlantic trip soon.
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