Nursing manatee calf and mom winter in Weeki Wachee
WEEKI WACHEE (FOX 13) - Temperatures are dropping during the evening hours, making the Bay Area waters frigid. Colder waters means manatees are looking for a warm spot for the winter.
The folks at SeeThroughCanoe.com met a mother manatee and her nursing calf at Weeki Wachee - a prime are of warm water during the fall and winter months. A manatees mammary glands are located behind its flippers, which can be seen in See Through Canoe's video, where the calf is hanging on under its mom's armpit.
There's also a small group of manatees coming up to the See Through Canoe, and giving a little splash of water through its snout.
From November until about April, there are many Bay Area locations where you can see manatees huddling in warmer waters.
LINK: November is manatee awareness month
The Manatee Viewing Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary season, from Nov. 1 through April 15, 2017. It's at the TECO plant in Apollo Beach.
For more information, visit http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/.
Three Sisters Springs is open to visitors interested in seeing manatees through crystal clear waters. There is a $15.00 admission for adults, with senior and children's discounts offered, and trolley service is available from Three Sisters Springs Center located at City of Crystal River-Government City Hall.
For more details, visit http://www.threesistersspringsvisitor.org/
And the gates have been opened at Discover Crystal River in Homosassa Springs. There were a few chilly manatee waiting to get in, as the temps went below 40 in some areas. There's also a great outdoor experience waiting for families at the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
For more information, visit http://www.discovercrystalriverfl.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Homosassa-Springs-Wildlife-Park-149949471719653/