TECO Manatee Viewing Center

We didn’t get any snow in Florida, but it’s been a pretty cold week for us. When the temperature drops, it’s a perfect time to see the Manatees. They like to hang out in the water, around the (TECO) Power Station’s discharge canal. The power station intakes water from Tampa Bay to use as a cooling agent, and then pumps it back out into the water, nice and warm. The Manatees love it.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

It was pretty crowded.  Oh… I should mention that it’s free of charge.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

It’s one thing to go to an aquarium, or a place like Sea World, to see these beautiful creatures. It’s quite another, and a bit more special, to see them out in the wild, in their natural habitat. Look at all of them.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

Many of the manatees have scars all over their body. Some of them, unfortunately, come from boat propellers. They’re so gentle and slow-moving that accidents with boats aren’t rare. Sigh…

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

If you’re quick enough, you’ll get to see some sharks, too. They were really jumping, today!

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

Don’t those look like barnacles? Maybe they are.?

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

So cute and precious. I just love them.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

In the same location is a small museum/educational building, a butterfly garden and an observation tower. It was too cold for the butterflies, and we didn’t do the tower this time.

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

TECO Manatee Viewing Center

It was a fun afternoon. We’ll be back a few times before they close for the season. Have any of you been?

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