Where Veggie Tales Winter

Trip Start Oct 22, 2009
Trip End Apr 04, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, January 4, 2010

 They're called the gentle giants and when you see them glide through this crystal clear water you'll wish you'd coined that phrase--it's perfect.

I didn't even know what a Manatee was until Veggie Tales' Barbra Manatee got stuck in my head a couple years ago. The silly song made me curious and I couldn't wait to get up to Blue Springs to see their wintering ground. The guide said there were 400-500 of them between the springs area and the St. John's river it runs in to. The river's only about 58 degrees now, so the constant 73 degree spring water is a warm refuge for them and where they spend the colder months of winter. When things warm up again in the spring, they're gone.

They're huge and ugly and graceful and harmless. And endangered, as propeller blades from motorboats will often slash large gashes on their backs--sometimes causing death.
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