Desoto Manatees

Manatee soaking up the sun.

Satellite Beach, Fla. Hundreds of manatees have come to a small, shallow canal across from DeSoto Park in Satellite Beach, an annual phenomenon that takes place in the winter months.

The area is roped off for the safety and protection of the manatees, but still offers an amazing view for any visitors. 

While there, it’s also common to see scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission collecting data on the endangered species. On Monday, Jan. 31, they counted over 200 manatees and were taking pictures of ones that had any injuries from things such as boat propellers.

According to the FWC, manatees congregate during the winter months in warm waters like freshwater springs and warm-water discharges at local power plants.

According to the Visit Brevard website, “the manatees are there for anyone to watch and enjoy, and appreciate in their strange beauty.”

To see the manatees, visit 499 Desoto Pkwy, Satellite Beach. 


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