The West Indian Manatee, also known as the Florida Manatee, is a year-round resident in local rivers. The Wakulla River and the St. Marks Rivers are where you are likely to see these gentle giants on any given day. The river boat ride at Wakulla Springs State Park is also a great way to see manatees at other wildlife up-close. A relative of the elephant, these mammals can grow up to 12 feet and 3,000 pounds but the ones around here are typically between 800-1200 pounds and about 8-10 feet long. Manatees are an endangered species and are protected by law. For your protection and theirs, please do not touch or feed them as that constitutes “harassment” under Florida law. Please be respectful of these “sea cows” and observe all “no wake” zones in the waterways.