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Manatee on the St. Johns River in Orange City Fl. Blue Springs Park USA
Dedicated to those who rescue the manatee

Here’s a way to safely view the world of the manatee

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring and spring run are closed during Manatee season, mid-November through March. Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced.
For centuries, the spring area was home to Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it was not until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail. For overnight stays, air-conditioned cabins,and a full-facility campground are available. This is a very popular park on weekends. To ensure entrance into the park, we recommend arriving early; otherwise, the parking area will be full and you may not be able to enter.


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  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Very well done.

  • Thank you so much. Thanks also for taking a look. :o)

    – Penny Rinker

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Nice capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – Penny Rinker

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairover 1 year ago

    How beautiful!

  • Thanks Maisie, I appreciate it

    – Penny Rinker

  • zpawpaw
    zpawpawover 1 year ago

    Great capture! We have these here around Mobile during the warmer months. They are pretty elusive to get a shot of one! I did get one picture as he surfaced but not very clear. They usually like to know about sightings here, as they want to ensure their safety! Glad you posted this one!…Jerry

  • Thank you. I love these manatee. I’m so glad they are taking measures to protect them. I think I have a photo on here with tons of them piled up on top of each other like rocks. I’lll see if I can find it and send you a link.

    – Penny Rinker

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot . . .

  • Thank you so much.

    – Penny Rinker

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago

    Let’s Go Green – Irish Green Challenge

  • Thanks so much for the honor of having my image featured in your group. I especially loved the “go green” challenge. Lots of fun. Thanks

    – Penny Rinker

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    Gosh Penny you are so lucky to have seen these wonderful creatures, the only ones I’ve sen are on the TV a beautiful Favorite

  • Thank you so much Malcolm. I have an awesome husband who took me there. :) I love seeing them though, they are an amazing creature. Thanks for having a look I hope you were blessed.

    – Penny Rinker

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Wonderful composition!!
    So peaceful. Wish I was there. :)

  • It is peaceful there. I wish I was there today. It’s been snowing all day and I’m so ready for Spring. Just sayin . . . . .

    – Penny Rinker

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much for the honor of having my image chosen to be in the featured.

    – Penny Rinker

  • sethworx
    sethworxover 1 year ago

    A marvelous and lovely capture.

  • Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the manatee.

    – Penny Rinker

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