Manatees Along The St. Johns River

Manatees Along The St. Johns River! 

Nestled along the serene waters of the St. Johns River, one of Florida’s most enchanting residents glides gracefully beneath the surface – the beloved manatee! Known for their gentle nature and distinctive appearance, these marine mammals have found a home in the St. Johns River. This creates a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to witness their calming presence. As the slow-moving current winds its way through the landscapes, manatees become a key part of the river’s narrative. Join us in exploring the wonder of manatees along the St. Johns River!

What time of year can you see manatees in Florida?

In the Sunshine State, the enchanting presence of these aquatic mammals can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the best time to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants is during the winter months. Typically, from November to March, they seek the warm waters of Florida’s natural springs to escape the cooler temperatures of the surrounding open water. As cold-blooded animals, this species requires warmer environments to maintain their body temperature. The best time to be with them is early morning 6am to 8.30am when they are most active. During this time, spots such as Castaways on the River become popular hubs for manatee sightings.

Manatee spotted along the St. Johns River
Manatee spotted along the St. Johns River!

How do you spot a manatee?

Spotting a manatee along the St. Johns River is an exciting experience and there are subtle cues that can enhance the likelihood of an encounter. To increase your chances of glimpsing at them, look for circular water ripples or a snout breaking the water’s surface. This reveals their need to breathe. Slow movements and the appearance of a large, grayish back just beneath the water’s surface are also telltale signs of this aquatic mammal’s presence. If you’re eager to embark on a manatee-spotting adventure, consider renting a boat from Castaways on the River. You have the freedom to explore the water at your own pace. This increases your chances of encountering these incredible marine mammals! Be sure to acknowledge the signs and take proactive measures, such as respecting manatee habitats and adhering to boating regulations, is crucial in protecting these gentle giants!

Are there Sightings at Silver Glen Springs?

Silver Glen Springs is a haven for manatees! During the winter months, typically from November to March, these gentle giants seek refuge in the warm and clear waters of the springs. Known for their slow and peaceful demeanor, they find the springs to be an ideal sanctuary. The springs provides them with a comfortable environment to escape cooler temperatures elsewhere. Visitors to Silver Glen Springs often have the delightful opportunity to witness these marine mammals gracefully gliding beneath the surface. They add an extra touch of wonder to the already stunning natural surroundings.

A manatee spotted in the clear Silver Glen Springs water!
A manatee spotted along the clear water at Silver Glen Springs!

Plan your Visit to Spot a Manatee!

Don’t miss out on the winter months, the prime time for spotting these majestic creatures. Visit the map of all the best spots for manatee sightings in Florida! Silver Glen Springs stands out as their cozy retreat during this season. Castaways on the River serves as an ideal spot for endless family adventure and happens to be a hub for manatees as well! If you spot a manatee while enjoying the river, don’t forget to share the magic by tagging Castaways on the River! Use #CastawaysontheRiver on X, Facebook, and Instagram to celebrate these incredible moments with us!

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About Castaways on the River

Castaways on the River offers boat rentals and lodging accommodations in beautiful Astor, Florida. Come experience the natural beauty of Central Florida's fresh waters.