#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 22nd, 2014 15:20
#2 By: Jardine, January 22nd, 2014 15:23
If the water temperature dips below 68 degrees F for very long, they can get sick and die.
So they're like the human residents of Florida?
#3 By: Christopher Waldrop, January 22nd, 2014 15:50
Not counting the Canadian snowbirds.
#4 By: Scott Crain, January 22nd, 2014 15:53
They use outside water to condense their steam generation water, it's not used to turn into steam itself. Still makes a nice warm spot for manatees and other beasties.
#5 By: John Thoeming, January 22nd, 2014 16:02
They should move to Costa Rica, it's really nice there.
#6 By: David_Gilbert, January 22nd, 2014 16:52
We scuba dive in Blue Springs when the Manatees are not there. Late or early in the season, the run will have a few of them down towards the St. Johns River. By law we can't touch them even if they come up to us. Over by Crystal River, they let you touch them while snorkeling.
You can check them out (smile, your on candid camera) them at this website: http://www.savethemanatee.org/cs_manatee_cams.html Sometimes you get to see a mommy and her calf.
#7 By: Tim Heffernan, January 22nd, 2014 20:09
Well, not really a "naturally hot pool" — actually a brisk 73 degrees; man, that feels icy on a hot summer day — but importantly, its temp never varies. So it's a reliable refuge when other waters threaten to dip below 68.
#8 By: Eark the Bunny, January 22nd, 2014 20:10
DISNEY'S MANATEES ON ICE
#9 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 22nd, 2014 21:46
The body of water I've spent the most time on in the past few years is Lake Superior. Trust me, 73 is naturally hot. It's all relative.
#10 By: Tim Heffernan, January 22nd, 2014 22:50
Haha, yes, I suppose growing up in Miami, August ocean temp 90-plus, does
color my judgment. But I have also submerged myself in glacial meltwater so
I know where you're coming from.
#11 By: Acer Platanoides , January 23rd, 2014 11:17
#12 By: capnmarrrrk, January 23rd, 2014 12:59
Be well Manatees!
Also...Manatees Dressed as X-Men
#13 By: Wrecksdart, January 23rd, 2014 17:06
Especially if they stop earning money...
#14 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 27th, 2014 15:20
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