The chilly weather in Southwest Florida makes for a great day for manatee viewing. On cold days the mammals seek refuge in warm water, like the lagoon at Manatee Park located off of Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers.
“They need the warm water that comes from the power plant’s discharge canal," said Manatee Park volunteer Anita Buff.
Manatees migrate to warm places, like the Florida Power & Light discharge canal, in order to survive cold water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Manatees modify their behavior for survival," said Nancy Kilmartin, senior program specialist at the park.
Anyone interested in manatee viewing should visit the park on a cold day, especially when water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico dip below 68 degrees.