South of the Tampa area is Apollo Beach. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Beach,_Florida)
Apollo Beach lies along Tampa Bay. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay)
I headed over to Apollo Beach to see the Manatees. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manatee) Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing area by the Big Bend Power Station is an excellent place to see them. (http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/)
I walked down a long narrow walkway, through some trees and then along a long stretch with water on both sides.
People lined the sides, hoping to see a Manatee.
I had never seen a Manatee, so I had no idea what I was looking for. The people standing next to me said to look for places where the water looks different. That lets us know that a Manatee is underneath. (See picture below, in the center of the water.)
I mostly saw gorgeous birds.
Every once in a while, the top of a Manatee could be seen on the water (for a moment). Manatees are fast and hard to photograph. I was happy to catch some body parts that came out of the water. (I think these were part of Manatees).
I don’t know if I actually saw any Manatees, but it was a great way to spend a day in nature…
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