A Day With Manatees

By , January 17, 2010 8:29 am

We went to Salt Springs Recreation Area on Thursday.  We’d heard from friends who are staying there that manatees are coming up into the springs, probably due to the recent cold weather (most Florida springs are 72 degrees, regardless of how cold it is everywhere else).  Our friends were also nice enough to lend us their kayaks.  It was even better that one of their neighbors lent his kayak so one of them could join us!  :)

It didn’t take long for us to spot a manatee.  It took a bit longer to get decent video of one, but that’s mostly my fault… I hadn’t used the camera underwater before.  I also had to hold the camera with one hand and paddle the kayak with the other.  That’s a lot easier to explain than it is to do it. ;)

But, we did get a few minutes of decent footage of the manatees!  We also had a great time just paddling around with new friends.  We also went to the big Florida RV show in Tampa with them, but we’ll post separately about that later.

I’m not sure if the video shows up in RSS clients… if you don’t see it, you’ll have to go to our web site to check it out.  If you want to see the HD version (highly recommended) go check it out directly on YouTube and hit the HD button on the bottom of the player.  BTW… if anyone knows how to get the HD button to show up in my embedded version, leave me a note. 

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3 Responses to “A Day With Manatees”

  1. That first one looks pregnant. I have not seen one that big.

    The video did show up in RSS (Google Reader or Feedly, anyway). I have no idea how to make the HD button show up.

  2. peter says:

    That was great.
    I would love to do that.

    I am a huge fan of manatees, and have amassed quite a bit of knowledge about them over the years…
    For one thing, they don’t typically enjoy techno music.

  3. Jonathan says:

    My bad… dolphins dig Techno so I figured it would be fine for manatees. I’ll try some house next time. ;)

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