While we were visiting with Jacklyn & Joe over Christmas, Joe took us by boat to the TECO Manatee Viewing Center at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. The warm water discharge attracts the manatees. Manatees feed on marine and freshwater plants, and surface every five minutes or so for fresh air. We had a good time watching the manatees rub themselves on the anchor line and checking out the motor and propellers. We had lots of fun watching them.
In order to get the engine started, we had to shoo the manatees away with the automatic anchor which made enough noise and splashes to get them away from the propellers.