Picture the gentle touch of a manatee’s whiskers as it moves through the calm waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Welcome to Florida’s Space Coast, where November not only marks the beginning of Manatee Season but also extends an invitation to embark on a unique adventure. Join us at BK Adventure as we explore this incredible ecosystem, promising an experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime!
Fascinating Manatee Facts
Manatees, those gentle giants of the sea, share an intriguing connection with their land-dwelling cousins – elephants! This familial link adds another layer of wonder to these majestic creatures, making an encounter with them truly unforgettable. But that’s just the beginning! Here are more fascinating facts that highlight the incredible world of manatees:
- Manatee Munchies: These herbivores can devour up to 10% of their body weight in vegetation every day. To put it in perspective, that’s like a 150-pound person eating a whopping 15 pounds of salad daily!
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race: While manatees typically swim at a leisurely 3-5 miles per hour, they can kick it up to 20 miles per hour in short bursts when the need arises!
- Remarkable Respiration: Manatees are masters of breath-holding, capable of staying submerged for up to 20 minutes before coming up for a refreshing gulp of air.
- Whisker Wonders: Thick, sensitive facial hairs, akin to a cat’s whiskers, adorn manatees’ faces. These specialized “whiskers” help them navigate and detect changes in water pressure with astonishing precision.
- Manatee “Love Handles”: Their plump appearance can be attributed to a large intestine specifically designed for fermenting fibrous plant material. This adaptation aids in efficiently digesting their vegetarian diet.
- Manatees and Mermaids: In times of old, sailors often mistook manatees for mythical mermaids due to their human-like flippers and gentle demeanor. It stands as a testament to the captivating presence of these creatures!
- Manatees in Mythology: Across various cultures, manatees hold mystical qualities and are woven into legends of sea nymphs and mermaids, adding an air of enchantment to their existence.
Florida Family Adventures
Our tours are designed with families in mind, creating a perfect blend of excitement and education. Witnessing these majestic creatures up close is an awe-inspiring moment that will stay with your children forever. Our expert guides ensure the tour is both informative and engaging for kids of all ages.
Beyond the Theme Parks
While Orlando’s famous theme parks like SeaWorld and Discovery Cove offer thrills of their own, the Florida Space Coast presents a different kind of adventure. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Sunshine State, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Kayaking on the Space Coast
Picture yourself gliding along the serene waters of the Indian River Lagoon, surrounded by lush mangroves and the occasional splash of a curious manatee or playful dolphin. Our guided kayak tours offer a unique vantage point, allowing you to witness the incredible biodiversity of this coastal paradise. Rest assured, we strictly adhere to wildlife protection guidelines, ensuring a safe and respectful encounter.
The Indian River Lagoon
The Space Coast of Florida and the Indian River Lagoon are a treasure trove of wildlife, with manatees and dolphins taking center stage. Keep your eyes peeled for a myriad of other fascinating creatures that call this area home, from graceful seabirds to elusive river otters. It’s a true wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true!
Manatee Awareness and Safe Viewing
As Manatee Awareness Month unfolds on the Florida Space Coast, seize the opportunity to embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure with BK Adventure. Our Dolphin and Manatee Tour promises a journey filled with fascinating insights and unforgettable encounters with some of nature’s most incredible creatures. Book your tour today and get ready to be captivated by the magic of manatee season!