December 19th, 2013 – Homosassa Springs, FL

 

Today, we went to look for manatees, but had to plan our day around Leslie’s work schedule.  So we first stopped at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and found lots of Florida wildlife (the first four pictures).  We then literally walked over to the Homosassa River and found two dozen manatees.

For those of you who are not biologists, manatees are aquatic mammals that have a large, streamlined body, flipper-like front limbs, and a rounded, horizontal flipper-tail.  Although they may resemble whales and dolphins in some ways, the are in fact more closely related to elephants.  And. since manatees lives in the water and feed only on aquatic plants, they are restricted to coastlines, seas, and rivers where the water is clear and shallow enough for sunlight to penetrate and support plant growth.   A diet of aquatic plants places unique demands on manatees and their behavior and physiology reflects this.  Since aquatic plants are low in nutrients, manatees must spend between 6 and 8 hours a day feeding.  They consume up somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of their body weight each day (and a large adult animal can weigh as much as 220 lbs).

In the 2nd and 3rd manatee pictures you can see moms and their babies.  We got lucky to see babies, since manatees can only give birth every five years, and the birth cycle is 13 months.

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2 thoughts on “December 19th, 2013 – Homosassa Springs, FL

  1. Linda Morgan

    Thanks for the newsletter of all the family gatherings. You are so fortunate to have all your friends and family to visit and have fun with. I am glad all is well with all the kids and congratulations on baby Cash! Bella is still just as beautiful as ever. We have enjoyed every post you have sent and it brings back memories of our 50 states adventures. Thanks for your concern over my recent near death experience. The pacemaker is in and is working well. I have never had any illnesses and I was in terrific physical shape but it happened and the good Lord saved me just like he did Tommy after 5 cardiac arrests. Merry Christmas to all and have a safe trip back to AZ. Hope to see you when you come back to Greenville. Tommy and Linda

    Linda Morgan

  2. Judy

    This is so interesting…. ALL that you send and tell us. Just wish my memory was better so I could remember it all. Must mean I have a small brain to store it in…. I might be a lot older but you tell us a LOT that we don’t know and have never heard of before… thanks.

    Your life is very interesting and keep it going and keep letting us hear about it. We love it!

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