TAMPA, November 12, 1999
Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, located near the Big Bend power plant in Apollo Beach, will celebrate the opening of its 14th season on Mon., Nov. 15. Manatees return each year around this time to Big Bend's warm water discharge canal, which was designated an official state manatee sanctuary in 1986.
From Nov. 15 through April 9, visitors can get a close-up look at the endangered West Indian manatee from the Manatee Viewing Center's tidal flat walkway and observation platform. In addition, a self-guided nature trail allows visitors to see native Florida birds, fish and other wildlife in their natural habitats.
The Manatee Viewing Center's Environmental Education building features displays on the physical and biological characteristics of manatees. The building also includes an area that provides visitors with an in-depth look at how electricity is produced at Tampa Electric power plants.
Last year, the Manatee Viewing Center, which has become a worldwide attraction, celebrated the arrival of the facility's one-millionth visitor.
The center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Additional information is provided on the Manatee Viewing Center Web site at http://www.tampaelectric.com/manatee/.
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