|Manatee in Salt Springs, FL|
|Manatee in Salt Springs feeding on sea grass|
The manatees in Salt Springs are West Indian Manatees, whose average length is 10 feet and average weight between 800 and 1,200 pounds. They're related to elephants, and I can see the genetic connection in their wrinkled grey skin.
The ones in Salt Springs seem huge! They are such gentle giants, and seem to enjoy human contact. The other day there were people swimming with them, and actually petting them. Here's a picture of a manatee right by a boat that was next to us, with the girl almost touching it. How neat is that!
The manatees will stay in Salt Springs while it's cool, and travel to Lake George once that water gets warmer. They're drawn to the warm water in Salt Springs, because it's always 72 degrees. They migrate away from cooler water as soon as it goes below 68 degrees. I'm hoping to get out there to see them again before they leave us. Maybe I'll even get to pet one.