Great News! Recently there were two manatee calves spotted with their mother at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located in Homosassa, Florida.” Ivan Vicente from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “In the past 10 years, maybe I’ve spotted a dozen sets of twins but never once have I seen them in the springs nor have I seen a mother and her calves quite so visible in Homosassa waters.”
Mr. Vicente explains that if you want to see the twins in Homosassa Springs, you had better plan a trip to there in the next few weeks before the mother escorts them out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Homosassa Springs is such a cool place to visit because you can see us West Indian manatees from the park’s underwater observatory located at the main spring. However, manatees aren’t the only things you’ll see! Be prepared for an adventure as you could easily spot; black bears, bobcats, deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, along with river otters.
There is also a neat children’s education center at Homosassa Springs park, showcasing hands-on experiences all about Florida’s fascinating environment. The park also has two gift shops and a café! You can get to the visitor center from U.S. 19 at the West Entrance, which is available by tram or boat. It’s best to plan 3.5 to 4 hours during your tour of the springs. For more information about Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park you can call: (352) 628-5343.
If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee