Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Orlando Hotels and Attractions
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-19-2001, 06:10 AM   #1
DisOrBust
Tag Fairy does tags only, the Avatar Fairy must have done that one!
 
DisOrBust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Sussex, WI
Posts: 2,333

anyone been to the Merritt Island Wildlife refugee??

We are interested in going here in April for the chance to see some Manatees. Has anyone been or have any manatee "advice"? Thanks!!
DisOrBust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2001, 08:13 AM   #2
lowen
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cardiff. U.K.
Posts: 33

The manatees can be very hard to find and see, but you may get lucky if you hunt around the Banana river area. The Black Point reserve office will probably have info on the latest sightings if you call in there when you go. You're bound to other interesting things if you keep your eyes peeled.
lowen is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 03-19-2001, 06:47 PM   #3
kellymonaghan

DIS Veteran
Definitely not a woman
Buy his books so he can get a royality check
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Connecticut USA
Posts: 2,226

If you are interested in manatees you should visit SeaWorld Orlando and check out their manatee exhibit. It's called "Manatees: The Last Generation?" Like all SeaWorld habitats, it's done beautifully and it packs quite an emotional wallop.

Kelly Monaghan
Author of "Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure" and
"The Other Orlando: What To Do When You've Done Disney & Universal""
kellymonaghan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2001, 06:18 AM   #4
DisOrBust
Tag Fairy does tags only, the Avatar Fairy must have done that one!
 
DisOrBust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Sussex, WI
Posts: 2,333

Thank you both!

Kelly I am so glad you responded. We have your Universal guide and it has been a godsend! With your research have you been to Merritt Island?? We are planing a Day at SW but also 2 days at Cocoa and thought it may be fun for the girls to see manatees in the wild if it is worth the hassle.
DisOrBust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2001, 06:48 AM   #5
lowen
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cardiff. U.K.
Posts: 33

Another place where I believe it might be possible to see wild manatees is in the river inlet at Melbourne, just down the coast from Cocoa. If they are there, they are probably easier to spot than at Merrit Island, so it might be worth the short trip on the off chance.
lowen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2001, 10:47 AM   #6
DisOrBust
Tag Fairy does tags only, the Avatar Fairy must have done that one!
 
DisOrBust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Sussex, WI
Posts: 2,333

Thanks Lowen!

That sounds like a perfect solution!!
DisOrBust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2001, 10:09 PM   #7
shamrock30
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 862

DH and I are two for two--we saw the manatees in the Merrit Island area in December 2000 and Dec 99. We waited about twenty minutes each time before one showed up. There is a manatee viewing area on the map that you pick up at the visitors' center.
shamrock30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2001, 04:46 PM   #8
Antonia
DIS Veteran
 
Antonia's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina . . .
Posts: 2,312

according to my research - haahaha - your best bet to see manatees is in the winter months - we say tons of them in December at Blue Spring State Park - this is north of Orlando in the central part of Florida. We even had a guy take us down the river on his boat.
Antonia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2001, 04:03 AM   #9
lowen
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cardiff. U.K.
Posts: 33

You will only see manatees inland in places such as Blue Springs in winter, not in April. Even in winter, if the weather and water temperatures get warm they may move back down river. This happened to us in February when we were disappointed not to see any at Blue Springs
lowen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.