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As of February 17th winds started blowing from the south as a series of cold fronts lifted from the south. We are now on a stretch of warm days and manatees are moving out of the springs, up the river, and out to the shallow shores of Gulf of Mexico to feed. We expect difficult conditions until the next predicted cold spell comes through on Wednesday Feb. 26th, when they will come back into Kings Bay to shelter from the cold. Large numbers of manatees come back in overnight. We do not recommend the 11:00 am tour, and estimate that you will see manatees on the early tour, but only have about a 50/50 chance of having playful interaction.
These types of fluctuating conditions will continue through the end of the season in mid to early April. You can watch the weather channel using our zip code of 34428 and check to see if it has been HOT during the day for several days, which is not the best conditions, or call for current up to the day sightings and conditions.
In the summer months of May - October, we have a small population that come in and stay with us all summer. Some of these manatees include mothers with calves which are too young to migrate.