Watch the Manatees at Three Sisters Springs

By: Terry Tomalin


With cooler weather upon us, many of the state’s manatees have begun moving into Florida’s freshwater springs where the temperature remains 72 degrees year round, regardless of how cold the air is outside. One of the most popular places for manatees to catcher is Citrus County’s Three Sisters Spring.

But the in an ongoing effort to protect these gentle creatures, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has installed a camera at the entrance to this legendary manatee viewing area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established several areas around the springs where entry is prohibited. State officials have subsequently set up a camera that streams live video to a public website, allowing remote viewing of manatee activity.

The camera is fully solar-powered and will operate only from dawn to dusk. The public can watch the video, but to do so requires mastery of a few technical details. Only 30 people can access the website at one time. If additional people try to access it, they will receive an error message until spaces open up. Visitors will be prompted to install ActiveX controllers the first time they visit the website. Viewers can also click on the camera icon to take a snapshot of the video.

To see the live images, click here, then follow the link and clickon the “Single” tab at the top of the page. It may take several minutes after clicking the “Single” tab before visitors are prompted to install ActiveX.

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