Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Manatees at Blue Spring Florida

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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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Lady Dragonfly said...

They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Wonderful pictures. They seem to move so graceful moving in the water for how big they are.

Stone Art said...

wow amazing, almost goastly

HARE said...

Christine, My husband loves Manatees.
So he has a Manatee 's photo book.^^

GardenJoy4Me said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to see these amazing creatures in person ! You took perfect pictures Christine : )