(07-01-2017, 08:36 AM)JayRodney Wrote: Just south of there, Bradenton beach, I made buds with a manatee.
I couldn't believe how friendly and social they are, kinda freaky a first when a big animal comes up to you and you don't have a clue what they are going to do.
And then he acted like a big puppy with flippers.
In Sarasota, there is a Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary where they take injured birds and nurse them back to heath, as a result, sometimes you run into friendly pelicans.
The animals down there are possibly the friendliest on earth.
Lived in St. Pete for the better part of a year (actually commuted and only stayed there during the week days) and I discovered the Lowry Park Zoo over in Tampa. Not a huge place, (nor very commercial at all) but they did feature animals native to Florida and took in injured/rehab manatees. The exhibit was the best place in the park. "Underground" tunnels level with the depth of their pool, low light and cool air blowing through with uber-large windows to watch them swim/glide around their pool. It was mesmerizing. They are so graceful in their element and would swim to within a fraction of an inch of the window walls as they'd circuit around ~ you could count their finger (flipper) nails and the hairs in their noses! I went there several times after the first visit just to chill with the manatees. Very cool indeed.
Lowry Park also had some Florida panthers ~ only kept in the zoo habitat as they were too injured to be returned to the wild. Those dudes were kinda' sad, actually. Very endangered.