Florida Manatee of Blue Spring

By Holly Giles | Field Trips

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Florida Manatee

Florida manatee show up in the springs of Florida from December through March.  During the winter months, manatee move to warmer waters and a large number of them find their way to Blue Spring State Park.
We have been taking Grayson and Grant to the park to see Florida Manatee since they were little. They seem to be more enamored with them each year.  Watching the babies follow their moms around the spring is such a treat, it makes Grant giddy. These gentle giants are so interesting in their slow movements and playful nature.  It amazes me how far they travel each year and then return to the spring for safety. This year, we watched several youngsters eat and saw their pincer-like mouth grabbing food. Somehow we had never seen that before. It always amazes me how much you can look at the same thing again and again, yet always see something different!
Florida manatee

The History

Blue Spring is a wonderful park that is a gateway to the historical past of Florida.  Majestic oaks, crystal clear waters, cypress swamp, and the St. Johns River. It is a great way to spend a day.  As we left the park, the boys and I noticed that there were only a few cars with Florida license plates, the rest were from all over the country.  On peak days, you can forget getting into the park if you are not there in the early morning. Florida manatees draw a big crowd to our small part of the country. I think it is awesome that such a mysterious creature that swims the waters can draw a crowd as big as a rock concert!
Watch our retro video of Blue Spring on a freezing cold day. YOUTUBE. Be sure to subscribe while you are there so you catch all our Florida videos.
Blue Spring Florida
If you don’t live near a river with warmer waters that the manatee visit, you can still have a lesson with your children with books from your local library and the internet.  Learning the history of the sea cow beauties is quite interesting.  The legend of mermaids is said to be the imaginations of sailors at sea for long periods of time.  They would report seeing a beautiful half woman, half fish swimming the waters.  Many people believe what they were seeing was the manatee.
Florida manatee
If you are in need of a nature study idea, try the manatee. These bathing beauties won’t disappoint!
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We have lots of fresh ideas for learning in our General Store. Ready-to-go resources to get you outside.
Books of interest:

Manatees – Precious McKenzie
Manatees – Zelda King
www.floridastateparks.org

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  • Ashley says:

    Thank you for linking up to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

  • Artsy VaVa says:

    What a great experience for your kids! That is something they will always remember. We were vacationing in the Florida Keys one year and went kayaking. The manatees would come right up to the boat. They are fascinating creatures!

  • Sarah Small says:

    Wow! That is so utterly cool. I would love to see the manatees some day!

  • Alison Agnew says:

    What beautiful creatures, and lucky you to be able to see them! I'm singing the Veggie Tales song, "Barbara Manitee" in my head now! Thanks for sharing on Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
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  • Wow!! Manatees!! ?? I have only ever seen them in aquariums. What an incredible treat! When I was small there was a large push to "save the manatees" and I remember putting bumper stickers all over my bedroom window and backpack. So lovely to see them here – what beauties!

  • Jann Olson says:

    Wow, that would be such an interesting sight! I love seeing unusual fish. Great way to spend the day with your boys. Both fun and educational! thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • i love love LOVE manatees! i would go see them every day if i could, if i lived there. enjoy!

  • Nancy Wolff says:

    Sounds like a beautiful spot, I love manatees too, I went to college in Florida and had a diving trip where we were swimming with the manatee. Memorable! Thanks for sharing your post on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you again tomorrow! – Nancy The Home Acre Hop

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