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Manatees at Jenkins Creek, Hernando Beach, Florida

There are many things you can do around Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee even on a cold day in January. 

Jenkins Creek and the adjacent Linda Pedersen Park is located off Shoal Line Blvd between Weeki Wachee and Hernando Beach. The area is popular with fishermen and in the summer, people enjoy taking a dip in the swimming hole. 

After a few days of nice weather in the 70s, temperatures dipped low again and today the high was in the low 50s. The water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the canals around Hernando Beach also have cooled off considerable. 

Today, we went to Jenkins Creek to see if the Manatees had started to gather yet. There were about 6-8 individual Manatees in the waters. We could see them from the observation tower and the boardwalk at Jenkins Creek. There are four Manatees captured in the photo below, three are coming up for air, a fourth one is resting below. 

 

Manatees at Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes

 

Manatees - also known as sea cows - live in our warm waters off the coast.  When the water temperature drops, they will be looking for warmer water and swim upstream rivers and creeks. Jenkins Creek and the nearby Weeki Wachee River originate from springs that have a constant water temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Just warm enough for the Manatees to hang out. 

 

Manatees in Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes

Although Jenkins Creek is fed by a spring, the water level is also dependent on the tide so the water is brackish. Today, tide was low but that didn't stop some fishermen from trying their luck.

You never know what you will see when taking a nature walk. On our way back to the parking lot, we were lucky to observe a large Hawk sitting on one of the pavillions. He was quite observant and watched intently as everyone walked by. 

 

Hawk at Jenkins Creek Photo by Silvia Dukes

 

 

   

 

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Comments

Good evening Silvia - the Mantees are really spectacular.  I guess they are found on both coasts since they are also on the Treasure Coast.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 month ago

Grant Schneider yes, they are on both coasts. I've seen dozens of them one year in the Cape Canaveral area. They looked stranded but in fact, they were mating. It was quite a spectacle and many people stopped to see what was going on. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 1 month ago

Silvia,

I love manatees, and still have not seen them personally even after so many trips to Florida.  I have seen various shows on them.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) about 1 month ago

Hi Silvia,
I did not know manatees are also known as sea cows.  The Hawk looks like he could blend right into the landscape if he wanted to.  Have a great week, Silvia.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) about 1 month ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel winter time would be your best chance as they come closer to shore. There are places like Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County where dozens of them will gather so that is always a great place to see them. 

Carol Williams thank you, it's true, if the hawk had chosen to sit in a tree, we would probably not seen him. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 1 month ago

I am fascinated with manatees.  You are very fortunate to live near to thses amazing creatures, Silvia.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 month ago

Silvia I have never seen a manatee, they must be a special sight to see.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 1 month ago

Wonderful weather and so much to do that is fun, Hernando Beach is definitely a great place to be!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 month ago

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you, they are actually quite common around here but still it's always a treat to see them!

George Souto they sure are interesting creatures and they move very slowly!
Brian England it sure is, thank you Brian!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 1 month ago

This is very good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Silvia, this would be pretty neat to see, as of course, we don't have them here.    Interesting mammal.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 1 month ago

Roy Kelley thank you, everyone seems to like manatees. 

Joan Cox no, I believe that!  :-)

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) 30 days ago

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