Old School Bill's Man Bag 4 Hour Manatee Trip

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3/25/08 Looks like the Los Ness Manatee!!

A quick stop on 3-25-08!!  The 1st 6 are new!

Decided to take a short trip to the Manatee viewing center in Apollo Beach today. 

I am adverse to talking the Interstate so we took the long way down Hwy 41, this made the trip there in about 18 minutes instead of the 11 by I-75.

The Tampa Electric manatee viewing center is just south of Tampa Electric’s 1492 acre power plant s with combined 1800 megawatts output.

The reason the manatees like Big Bend so much is when the saltwater used in the condensing process to cool the boiler is recycled back into canal the Tampa Electric uses the term slightly warmer. 

The manatees I know like Maggie , Mort & MoMo before his unfortunate incarceration say hot tub or spa. 

I don’t know I have never been in that water, I can only tell you what my manatee friends tell me.

Admission is free.

They have a Gift shop where I have an inside source for manatee group arrival tips.

3/25/08 Which one is pointed which way??
 

My neighbor Granny volunteers in the Manatee Gift Shop. 

Talk about a great historian of Gibsonton, Florida, she has lived in the same house 4 or 5 houses north of me for 45 years.

The Snack Bar is well stocked & of course done in the manatee motif as everything is.

It is an incredible experience when there are large numbers of manatees in the canal.  

I have seen it that way; unfortunately it was not that way today. 

It is a pretty place to spend a half hour if the manatees are not in & all day if they are. 

So I took a bunch of picture of the park, the informational signs, gift shop & stuff.  Granny will call when the whole herd is in the canal. 

When she calls I will make an exception to the I-75 rule & get a bunch of pictures to share with you.

3/25/08 @ Fronts

MANATEE QUICK FACTS

Florida manatee-Trichechus manatus latitostris.

First referenced by early TravBuddy member Christopher Columbus in 1493.

Large, plant eating-warm blooded marine mammal.

Average adult 10 ft. long-1200 pounds-spatula shaped tail-gray brown.

Depth perception limited-hears well.

Eats 60 to100 lb. in 6 to 8 hr. a day

Gestation period-13 months

Tampa Bay is home to about 100 manatees-300 during  winter  high season

Nimble-able to stand on head-barrel rolls.

Rest from 2 to 12 hours a day breathing every 7 to 12 minutes

Florid Fish & Wildlife 2001 aerial survey-,3276  manatees

Threats-boat collisions-flood gates-poaching-fishing lines Natural causes-extreme cold & Red Tide

Manatee protection-slow down in known manatee areas-do not feed, pet or come in contact with

If you are in the Tampa Bay area it will be well worth it to visit visit Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. 

You can't beat the price, it is FREE. 

There are good local places in every direction & chains of all kinds.

http://www.tampaelectric.com/manatee/
http://www.ecofloridamag.com/archived/manatees.htm

reikunboy says:
would love to see a manatee
Posted on: Mar 25, 2008
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3/25/08 Which one is pointed whic…
3/25/08 @ Fronts
3/25/08 @ Fronts
3/25/08 What are they doing?
3/25/08 What are they doing?
3/25/08 The Flip
3/25/08 The Flip
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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Cen…
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Ce…
The Entrance
The Entrance
700 feet to go
700 feet to go
Arch da Manatee
Arch da Manatee
Parking lot
Parking lot
OSB-Man Bag always feels Welcome h…
OSB-Man Bag always feels Welcome …
Manatee Directions
Manatee Directions
A Manatee V-DAY Wave
A Manatee V-DAY Wave
Sorry no manatees today
Sorry no manatees today
Smoke On the Water
"Smoke On the Water"
This is where the warmer water is …
This is where the warmer water is…
OSB-Man Bag rest area
OSB-Man Bag rest area
If you look close you can see St P…
If you look close you can see St …
The Manatee Does & Donts.
The Manatee Does & Don'ts.
Lot of Info to be Gained
Lot of Info to be Gained
Things you did not know about Flor…
Things you did not know about Flo…
Pat Pelican doing aerial recon bef…
Pat Pelican doing aerial recon be…
Signs, Signs, every where signs
Signs, Signs, every where signs
Be careful with your HOOKS!
Be careful with your HOOKS!
A Flock Of Seagulls Jamming
A Flock Of Seagulls Jamming
Signs, Signs, every where signs
D…
Signs, Signs, every where signs …
St Pete School Tour
Sure beats se…
St Pete School Tour Sure beats s…
OSB-Man Bag waiting for a diet coke
OSB-Man Bag waiting for a diet coke
The Gift Shop where Granny works.
The Gift Shop where Granny works.
Do you know how many different but…
Do you know how many different bu…
Granny hiding in the Gift Shop.
Granny hiding in the Gift Shop.
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V-DAY
Big Ben, Power Plant V-DAY
Fish
V-DAY
Fish V-DAY
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Manatees-Big Ben Valentine's Meet…
Fran Fish Waving BYY
V-DAY
Fran Fish Waving BYY V-DAY
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Ferg Fish on the Way to the Snack…
de Plane BOSS de Plane
de Plane BOSS de Plane
Manatees are very good at Hid N Se…
Manatees are very good at Hid N S…
1 or 2 Manatees ?
1 or 2 Manatees ?
Sign on the Way, Back Ground is Ol…
Sign on the Way, Back Ground is O…
OSB-Man Bag so hungrey he cant st…
OSB-Man Bag so hungrey he can't s…
OSB-Man Bag Rehydration Center
OSB-Man Bag Rehydration Center
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The Cowboy Burger
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Small Hot Fudge Sunday
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OSB-Man Bag post Manatee search Map
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