The Manatee Viewing Center in Apallo Beach, Florida is a PLAYGROUND for young and old alike when Tampa Bay water temperature dips below 68 degrees (F).

The following photos give a more comprehensive overview of where the manatee congregate in the canal at the Big Bend Power Station.

Entering the viewing area

The protrusions in the water are the backs of manatee enjoying the warm waters provided by the power plant

Close view of a manatee surfacing for a breath of air with reflections from the steam stacks glimmering on the water

On any given day there can be hundreds of manatee in the canal at the same time one day I hope to be there to witness that spectacle,

with that being said be assured I did not leave the area on this day disappointed.

Do You See What I See…  

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My last post Will TRAVEL to watch Manatee  had only minor levels adjustment because I wanted to share my excitement of seeing the manatee for the first time this season right away.

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  1. wish I knew all the photo lingo alas I do not, the first shot is great, I feel like I’m on the walkway, wonderful colours, the steam stacks add a great touch, and what a priviledge to be so close to these Manatees, great photos!


    1. I’m so glad my photo’s translated so well even without photo lingo! I do feel privileged to see these amazing creatures so close up in natural habitat. Glad you enjoyed Lynn.


  2. Beautiful! I have heard of this location, but haven’t made it there on any of my trips down to Fl. Next time, I’m going to plan for it! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. It is heartbreaking when a manatee is injured by boaters, I did photograph one with multiple scares and probably should have included it in this series. Glad you enjoyed.


    1. Not exactly a place to think they would congregate but the hot water discharged in the canal is a big draw for them because they aren’t cold water mammals.


  3. Seems like such a contradiction to see the manatees alongside the smoke stacks. And what was God thinking when he created the manatee??…maybe a lesson about the unexpected beauty that lies beneath a plain, almost homely exterior.


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