Check out this great ‘above-water’ view from view of Florida’s Blue Spring State Park where manatees congregate during the winter months when the river temperature drops below the temperature of the spring. The spring run is a constant 72 degrees year-round making it a vital warm-water sanctuary for manatees in the winter time.
This area is completely closed-off to people and any people seen in the footage are researchers with special permits. In addition to manatees, occasionally alligators, double-crested cormorants, anhingas, great blue herons, limpkins, egrets, black vultures, turkey vultures, snakes, turtles and a variety of fish can be seen. Rarely even a deer, otter or a black bear may make an appearance, too.
Manatees who regularly winter at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Florida, have been chosen as adoptees for Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program.
Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee ®
Save the Manatee Club is an award-winning national nonprofit 501(c)(3) and membership-based organization established in 1981 by renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett, and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida.
Their mission is to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. The live webcams at the protected warm water winter sanctuary at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Blue Springs State Park will give viewers from around the world the chance to observe manatees and other species in their natural habitat.
To learn more, visit their website, savethemanatee.org/adopt.
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