WEEKI WACHEE (FOX 13) - Temperatures are dropping during the evening hours, making the Bay Area waters frigid. Colder waters means manatees are looking for a warm spot for the winter.
The folks at SeeThroughCanoe.com met a mother manatee and her nursing calf at Weeki Wachee - a prime are of warm water during the fall and winter months. A manatees mammary glands are located behind its flippers, which can be seen in See Through Canoe's video, where the calf is hanging on under its mom's armpit.
There's also a small group of manatees coming up to the See Through Canoe, and giving a little splash of water through its snout.
From November until about April, there are many Bay Area locations where you can see manatees huddling in warmer waters.
The Manatee Viewing Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary season, from Nov. 1 through April 15, 2017. It's at the TECO plant in Apollo Beach.
For more information, visit http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/.
Three Sisters Springs is open to visitors interested in seeing manatees through crystal clear waters. There is a $15.00 admission for adults, with senior and children's discounts offered, and trolley service is available from Three Sisters Springs Center located at City of Crystal River-Government City Hall.
For more details, visit http://www.threesistersspringsvisitor.org/
And the gates have been opened at Discover Crystal River in Homosassa Springs. There were a few chilly manatee waiting to get in, as the temps went below 40 in some areas. There's also a great outdoor experience waiting for families at the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
For more information, visit http://www.discovercrystalriverfl.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Homosassa-Springs-Wildlife-Park-149949471719653/