Sea Cow Tipping in Blue Springs State Park Florida

Ah, the majestic Sea Cow. Is there anything more beautiful? Ever since hearing Jim Gaffigan’s bit on manatees (flip-flops, blob of shit) I have wanted to see these creatures up close. Thanks to a rainy day visit to Blue Springs State Park in Florida, I got to do just that. Turns out, Mr. Gaffigan isn’t far off in his description.

Where it’s at

Blue Spring State Park is located a short 40-minute drive north of Orlando. This makes it a great break away from the theme parks. Spread out over 2,600 acres, Blue Spring State Park is so much more than manatees. It’s clear spring rivers are home to an abundance of life including fish, gators, birds, and plenty of vegetation. It is also really pretty. Truthfully, I didn’t think this kind of beauty existed in Florida…

But I digress.

Grazing Beauties

Blue Springs State Park is also home to hundreds of manatees. Numbers peak in the winter when these slow-moving blobs make their way upstream in search of warmth. To my surprise, I’m not the only one fascinated with seeing manatees in the wild. Blue Spring State Park sees thousands of visitors per year and even host a manatee-themed festival called, wait for it, Manatee Fest.

Yup, that’s a thing.

Sea Cow Tipping in Blue Springs State Park Florida

Floating Logs

The first manatee I spotted was quickly written off as a sunken log. Then I saw another log, then another. I couldn’t believe the numbers. They are, of course, anything but majestic. In an effort to conserve energy, manatees move as little as possible during the winter months. What’s their excuse for the rest of the year? No, they aren’t just lazy. They lack natural predators and eat plants. No need for speed when you are hunting a salad. Surprisingly, the Florida manatees are endangered. Why? Man. Manatees often get tangled in fishing nets or run over by motorboats. This was evident with many of the

Surprisingly, the Florida manatees are endangered. Why? Manatees often get tangled in fishing nets or are run over by motorboats. This was evident as many of the manatees we saw had large scars on their backs.

The most we got out of viewing them “in action” was one drifting by. It didn’t even blink.

#Speedy #Manatee

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Worth the Visit

Visiting Blue Spring State Park is worth the trip just for a stroll on the boardwalk and seeing the colours of the river. Seeing some sea cows in action really is a bonus, flip-flops and all.

Sea Cow Tipping in Blue Springs State Park Florida

 Blue Springs State Good to Know

Admission: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
Don’t Miss: Boardwalk stroll and sea cow spotting!

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  1. Avatarsays: Tanya

    This has become my new favourite place in Florida…we’ve gone 4 times already in 2020! If you camp there, you can get up early and walk along the boardwalk before the park opens to the public and watch hundreds of manatees all by yourself (or with the other dozen or so early riser campers!) Also, bring a paddleboard or rent a kayak to experience the manatees up close by the mouth of the spring leading out to the river. We were able to get so many up close pictures, and they are so curious if you are out there in the water too. Just remember not to touch, chase or tease them..a $10,000 fine and/or a year in jail. Plus, it’s not cool!

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