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July 14th 2014: Arial Count according to the Fish and Wildlife survey showed 30 manatees in Kings Bay. This is average for the summer. We are still seeing manatees morning and afternoon trips. The wind is calmer in the morning making it easier to find them. The afternoon, if you had some in the morning, there is less hunting as you know the general area to start looking. Now it's about watching the weather for rain and wind, and of course there are more people on the water.
In the summer months, May - October, we have a small population, 35-40. They stay with us all summer, moving from the bay to the mouth of the river. Some of these manatees include mothers with calves which are too young to migrate and sub adults that will have their first season alone.
Expect to find them in murky, shallow conditions with more interest in feeding than any interaction.