Industry and nature collide in a good way at the Tampa Electric Company Power Plant. Just below the streams of puffy white particle clouds rests a discharge canal and in its warm winter and spring waters are the manatees.
From the months of November to April, the TECO Manatee Viewing Center is an admission-free attraction available to the general public. All one needs to do to get there is follow the signs from I-75 off the Apollo Beach exit. Once on the ground, there are two dead-end paths to walk for further observation of the sea cows and the environment that surrounds them.
While the marine mammals aren’t nearly as slow moving as sloths, visitors should be patient when waiting to see them come from underneath the water. As odd as it all seems, remember this is their place for refuge. To see their backs above water resembling large flat stones is a little bit of a treat. Morning visits are highly encouraged since they are most active at that time.
When all else fails and the manatees happen to not be in a photo mood, make lasting memories of your visit in the hurricane simulator below the museum decks. High winds on the inside blow your hair and clothing articles every which way, so hold tight and make sure your laugh.
(Note:This location is an extension of my original article)