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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Park ponders manatee exhibit

Officials want more manatees to reach the spring run's warm waters. A final project is years away.
Published 1/11/07

During the past summer, the park dredged the area just west of the Long River Bridge, where gates now separate captive manatees from wild manatees. In recent years the stretch between the bridge and the Homosassa Blue Waters has been clogged with sediment, making it difficult for the wild manatees to get close to the spring run in low tide.

Now with the way deepened, the hope is that more wild manatees will be able to get up into the area when they need the warm water. The spot is already inside the park boundaries and closed to swimmers. It forms a natural sanctuary where animals can escape the sometimes crowded area just outside.

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