Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Manatees and Friends

        Automobile’s of Art:
1988 Honda CRX


The now:
The Manatee is the huge teddy bear of the water.

           pictures at Sea world

 Blue Springs State Park is just a few miles from here. Friends Don & Evelyn and Jim & Donna from over in Wildwood told Sherry they were coming over to see the Manatees at Blue Springs and wanted to visit with our visitors, Ed & Dianne. So we all agreed the trip would be good for all.

I walked down to see Mr. Tom because it looked like his company from Virginia was leaving. Come to find out they were headed to Blue Springs also.

We were all shocked upon arrival, we waited in a line of cars for about 30 minutes to get in the gate. We have been several times, even camped there and never more than two cars ahead at the Rangers office.

Not a great picture, but this is the headwaters, the actual spring that produces 103 million gallons a day!

I think there were about 200 manatee here this time of the year enjoying the warm 72 degree water. The springs starts a river pumping out 102 million gallons of water a day.

Below are many just slowly feeding. Several places like this on the short river.

  Above is a mama with calf underneath, I wonder about nursing? The baby will stay with mama for about a year. Gestation period is also a year.
I think these are having a discussion. Don or Ed said they needed a room.

The manatee is endangered, weighs from 450 to 1300 lbs and over 8 feet long. They put their nose out of the water about every 20 minutes for air. They are gentle and curious. AKA the Sea Cow. They have 4 rows of teeth that they grind down, as they are lost, they grow back. 
The senior manatee chasers...

Nite Shipslog


Mevely317 said...

How fun that ALL y'all were able to experience the Blue Springs together. Reminiscent of a field trip, perhaps?
I'm kicking myself for having lived in Florida so long and never taking time to see a manatee. That's definitely going on my short list!

Chatty Crone said...

Andy went on a vacation once and they paid to let him swim with them. I think they are so cute. I bet it was a wonderful trip! sandie

Susan Kane said...

Amazing creatures. We were at some function in Scripps Aquarium San Diego, where we could see manatee habitat through glass. So beautiful. Elegant.

Woody said...

Nice Trip, When we lived over on the Peace River we would take the Motor Boat down the Peace River and would see Manatees, We were always careful not to hit one so someone was always "Spotting" for them, we went to Harbor Heights and Punta Gorda down the river once and almost hit one of these beautiful old creatures !!! They are fun to watch, we also went over to Fort Pierce once when it was cold to watch them gather near some Plant. Right now we have 38 degrees and Rain !!!! Then gonna get cold and Snow !! Oh Well, You and your Honey enjoy yourselves but behave, Love from the old soggy North Country, Gary and Anna Mae !

betty said...

Looked like a lot of fun, especially with all the friends together! I'm not sure I've seen a manatee in person, now that I think of it.


Jackie said...

I smiled (a lot) when I saw that you were at Blue Springs.
I thought, "Jack and Sherry are just a few miles from our house?!!"
And then, I realized you must be at Blue Springs near Orange City, Florida, and not at Blue Springs at Madison, Florida.
I thought I might get to see you both.
I hope that you enjoyed your time. Your photos are lovely.

Lisa said...

Are these the same thing as sea lions? I wish my teeth grew back after grind them.
Interesting story Jack.

From 60 degree Gtown

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's so nice to see you all having fun in the sun. It's a treat to see a sunny day when here we are once again below freezing and have a new dusting of snow on the ground. Nice to have such a great group of friends to enjoy it all. That would be a sight to see.

Dar said...

Now that's something I have never seen.! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures of such amazing gifts! Your saying they come up for air every 20 min. was indication that they are indeed, mammals. What wonderful, gentle creatures. You are still 'teaching' and I thank you. Very interesting. It was wonderful that you got to see the manatees with friends. Such a fun day.
love n' hugs from up north where it's snowing and blowing strong ice cold winds ending in very frigid temps as much as minus -30's for the next week or so. I'll warm up looking at your photos so thanks again friends.

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