Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

February 22, 2011

Swimming with the Sweetest Mammal in Florida

If you have never seen the Florida West Indian Manatee at Blue Springs Park in Orange City, maybe you could travel to the Other Florida Coast and watch them at the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge.
Many years ago when my children were quite young, we were so very fortunate to have had the unforgettable pleasure of swimming with Manatees.
The encounter left us breathless.
They love human touch it would seem, coming close, nudging us, exploring us, no fear.
This is remarkable, considering that Humans contribute to their deaths so frequently, boats strikes and fishing line entanglements being the primary culprits.
But, the biggest contributor to their demise this year, was the extreme cold weather during December and January that killed hundreds.
Thankfully, the weather is warming, Spring is coming and Manatees are once again gathering at their favorite places to enjoy it all.
Now is the perfect time to take a trip to one of these spots and share the world of the Florida Manatee.
Come make memories with your children!

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