A while back, Florida suffered a cold spell and I took this rare opportunity to enjoy some time at the Manatee Park in Fort Myers watching the endangeredÂ Manatees.Â The reason for this is that when the waters get a little cooler the Manatees look for the warmer waters that can be found discharging from the nearby Florida Power plant. This usually occurs between the months of October through March.
There were a number of them on this day and various sizes. The viewing area allows you to watch them up close and there is a very informative talk about the Manatees and their habits and the reasons for their endangerment.
This is a 16 acre park that features kayaking, kayak rentals,Â picnic grounds, fishing piers, native plant and butterfly gardens, along with the viewing area. There is also a a kayak and canoe launching area leading into the Orange river available.
Manatee Park is just one more of the extraordinary Lee County parks. Be sure and stop by some cool afternoon and enjoy these incredible creatures.
See You next Sunday!