Manatee Encounters on Wild Amelia Kayak Tour
Manatees inhabit Amelia Island's rivers, creeks, and the Atlantic Ocean during the summer months when the water is warm. At the Omni Amelia Island Resort's Nature Center, we see them as they make their way back up north from the freshwater rivers in south Florida where they spend their winters. During the Wild Amelia Nature Festival we saw our first manatees of the season on our Nature Center kayak tour at Omni Amelia Island Plantation! As we paddled down the creek, we encountered four full grown manatees feeding on sea grasses in the shallow water.
Manatees are one of the numerous endangered species. They are curious by nature and have extremely docile personalities. Adult manatees have few natural predators in the wild but unfortunately, boat mortality is the main cause of decline of this species. Manatees will be hit by boats eight times on average throughout their life. Each manatee is identified by biologists by the scars on their backs and tails. There are numerous organizations you can get involved in to learn more or help protect these unique mammals.
Nature Center Kayak Tour
On average, we have about 5 manatee sightings through the summer season on our nature center kayak tours. It is not uncommon however to see dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, numerous fish and crabs, as well as many beautiful wading birds, including the roseate spoonbill (often mistaken for a flamingo), during the expedition. If you would like to join us for a nature kayak tour, please contact the Nature Center to schedule a tour at 904-321-5082 or book online here.