The number of manatees visiting the park has grown significantly, from about 36 animals when research began in the 1970s to over 500 animals today. Although there are still many threats to manatees — habitat loss, pollution, algae blooms and collision with watercraft — Blue Spring State Park serves as a safe haven for these gentle creatures. The park is also an ideal location to release manatees back into the wild after they have been rehabilitated from sickness or injury. Because they can easily be monitored at the spring and the surrounding waters, researchers are able to make sure they adapt to life back in the wild. (Florida State Parks)
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We always thought that Crystal River was the only manatee center in Florida of any size. As it turns out, Crystal River is the ONLY manatee location in the state where humans can interact directly with the manatees in their environment. Blue Springs State Park made it easy to view and photogrpah the manatees with an overlooking dock/deck.
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Wiki ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Springs_State_Park
State Park ... www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park/manatees-blue-spring-state-park