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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CLINE: A hot spot to get to know manatees

Published 12/14/2010
One of their main places of refuge is Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, which houses a hot spring, the perfect spot for the manatees to stay warm. The water flowing out of the spring cavern is a constant 72 to 73 degrees, more than 10 degrees warmer than the river water outside of the springs.

On the day we visited, the chalk board at the entrance said there were 146 manatees on site. Earlier in the week, that number topped 200 as the gentle giants looked for a place to stay warm.

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