Manatees Migrate to Wakulla Springs State Park

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Wakulla, Florida - People brought their cameras and their video recorders today to catch a glimpse of the manatees. Folks even traveled from miles away just to say they saw wildlife at it's finest.

Vance Bell and his two sons traveled from Indiana to visit these these amazing manatees.

He says, "I thought bringing them here to see them would be something that they would really enjoy and maybe remember for a long time- maybe take their kids to do it."

People of all ages gathered to take a peek at these 25 manatees who migrated from the Crystal River to the Wakulla Springs State Park. Some even go on boat tours to experience wildlife. And park officials say this is the fourth year these mammals have migrated here in the winter in search of warm weather and abundant vegetation.

Park manager Brian Fugate says, "Yeah the manatees are a fantastic animal.. We're very pleased that they come to Wakulla Springs and I think everyone that comes out will have a great time just to view them."

The dive tower is about 15 above the water is folks say they can come and get their best view of these manatees.

Alice and John Sheffield who visited from Indiana says, "I just like being around them. They're really neat looking animals they're bizarre huge things."

Alice and John Sheffield traveled from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to visit family. and after coming several times to view the manatees each year, they knew this was a stop they'd have to make.

And feel free to make this a stop for you too and visit these manatees up close before they migrate back to the Crystal River in February. The Wakulla Springs State Park is open everyday from 8am-6pm.

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