A Taste of the Everglades


An Everglades Sunset
Is this the result of crocodiles?

Eventually we wandered into the visitor center to peruse the displays and ask a ranger for the best chance to see some crocodiles and perhaps a manatee.The everglades are the only place in the country where alligators and crocodiles overlap. We were given a location and immediately headed for the recommendation. Scouring the water from shore we became more and more disappointed as there were none in sight. As we continued to explore, a crocodile was sighted although we weren’t convinced that it was a live crocodile because there was no movement for a long time. I think the only movement for about an hour and a half was opening its eyes. This crocodile kept it mouth open for that entire time which seemed unusual for a live animal. Later we found out that this is one way for a crocodile to regulate its temperature.

A Crocodile Resting on a Branch

Early in the afternoon there was a ranger program about manatees which we decided to attend. While waiting for this program, a nest above the visitor center was spotted where an osprey was feeding its young. Another satisfying discovering on this great adventure!

Sighting a Manatee

The manatee program got underway with some great information about manatees such as their resemblances to elephants and the amount of food required for this animal to survive. Manatees are able to live in fresh or saltwater and their largest predator is a propeller from boats. After taking in this information, we headed to the area suggested for sighting a manatee and searched and searched to no luck. Then out of the dark water emerged a manatee surfacing for air. Once sighted, we were able to see this animal a number of times. Satisfied that we had accomplished what we had set out to do, it was time to leave Everglades National Park and continue our adventure to the Florida Keys and Key West.

An Anhinga Hiding

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6 thoughts on “A Taste of the Everglades”

  1. There’s so much to see in the Everglades aside from the air boats outside the national park. Hiking, biking, and conoeing can provide days of enjoyment. Hope you enjoyed all you wanted to while in the Everglades.

  2. There’s so much to see in the Everglades. Looks like you have a nice start. Did you make it to the overlook?

    1. I could easily go back and spend several days exploring. We did not make it to the North Entrance where the overlook is.

  3. I’m planning on going to the Everglades this spring. Looking forward to seeing all the wildlife. Reading this really gets me anxious to go.

    1. I’m sure you’ll have a great time. The weather has been cooperating this winter to make it a memorable trip. Let me know how it goes!

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