Free manatee viewing, how can you beat that? These cute little sea cows were all hanging around by the pier that stretches out from the visitor center / gift shop. We waited around the wooden deck viewing spot for 20 minutes and didn't see any, so we wandered around a bit and noticed that you can walk out on a pier. THAT is where the little guys were hanging out!
Photo tip... try to go on a really sunny day, that way the shallow water will be more see-through. If you have one, attach a polarizing filter (or hold one up) which will reduce the glare from the sun on the water. They come up for air about every 2-5 minutes, so if you follow one in your viewfinder for a few minutes, you can catch it's little nose as it springs up for a breath.
Hope these creatures make it in the long haul and that we humans don't become their demise. Thanks to the electric plant for making this part of their plant free to the public.
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