suggests that sailors of old, on long, lonely sea voyages, thought
Manatee were mermaids. |
are an endangered species. The Florida Manatee population is known
as "Trichechus Manatus Latirostris." Similar animals,
call dugongs, are found in Indo-Pacific waters; other manatee
species are found in the Amazon River and off West Africa.
grow up to 12 feet in length and can weigh almost two tons, making
them the largest resident, inshore animal in the United States!
These gentle giants are the only vegetarian marine mammals in
this part of the world. They have no natural enemies!
Manatee has been an integral part of Florida's ecology for millions
of years and has a right to survive. Hontoon supports conservation
efforts to save the Manatee locally and aimed at the survival
of Manatee populations world wide.
year (Nov. - Feb.) as the days grow shorter and the nights cooler,
the waters of the St. Johns River cool down. The gentle giants
start to congregate in the clear, warmer waters of Blue Spring
from the dock and Riverside Resort here at Hontoon Landing are
numerous, but the best place to view them is from one of our Pontoon
Boats. The sight of these animals in their natural habitat is
a memorable experience. Hontoon Landing Resort offers you the
opportunity to explore for Manatee and take your personal eco-tour
of the St. Johns River.
our 10 passenger 24' Pontoon Boat with
bimini top, table and 40 hp four stroke motor and go exploring for Manatee.
Blue Spring State Park, winter home of the Manatee. The park,
which is about a 45 minute pontoon trip from the Resort, is
the perfect spot to view the Manatees that congregate heavily
in the Spring Run.
your eco-tour through an old logging canal into Hontoon Dead
River and back to the Resort.
your way, you will observe other wildlife, such as Alligator,
Eagle, Anhinga, Blue Heron, Egret and Osprey in their natural