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ABC Action News reports that The Manatee Viewing Center at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station is now open.

As the seasons change (and the water temperature of the bay gets too cold), the manatees gather (sometimes by the hundreds) in the warm water discharge canal of TECO’s Big Bend power station.

The Viewing Center allows guests to see the mammals up close from multiple boardwalks and vantage points. Stan Kroh, manager of Land and Stewardship Programs for Tampa Electric says:

 “The Manatee Viewing Center proves that you really can have fun while learning about the natural treasures of Florida. We’re proud to be the showcase for Tampa Electric’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

In addition, there is a stingray touch-tank and a nature trail. The Apollo Beach facility offers free admission and the Manatee Viewing Center’s boardwalks are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Manatee Viewing Center’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from Nov. 1 through April 15th, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

For more information on the Viewing Center click HERE:

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