The springs are owned by the city of Crystal River and managed by the federal Fish & Wildlife Service. In a couple of months there will only be several manatees to see here since most of them swim out to the Gulf of Mexico once the water warms up a little more.
|The manatees are on the bottom; the rocks are along the edge of the water.|
When manatees are resting they'll come up for air every 15 minutes or so.
Their closest animal relative is the elephant. Manatees are also known as sea cows.
A wetland restoration project was in progress near the manatees. It should be interesting to come back in a few years and see what the area looks like then.
A number of other natural areas and state parks were nearby so we stopped in to take a walk through the Florida flora. One stop was the Crystal River Archaeological State Park.
|This high mound, built around 600 A.D., supported a temple for the|
Native Americans who inhabited Florida at that time.
|These smaller mounds reminded me of the Indian burial mounds|
we see in Wisconsin.
Manatees make good mascots throughout Florida.
|This guy was at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.|
|Looks like a fire went through the park a few years ago.|
|Spring is coming, but the leaves are the color of fall.|
|Green is such a great sight in the middle of winter!|
Our time in Florida is coming to an end much too soon. We are keeping our fingers crossed that when we return to Wisconsin spring will be just around the corner!