As we’d previously toured Kennedy Space Center, we opted to take in Merritt Island today. After a stop at the Visitor’s Center, where we were treated to
we drove the 7-mile Black Point Wildlife loop road through the salt marshes along the Indian River side of the barrier island. The scenery and waterfowl were again breathtaking!
and several species of butterflies
We then stopped at a Manatee viewing area along Haulover Canal linking the Intercoastal Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. While we’d seen manatees in the past, those views were generally little more than light-colored shapes drifting below the surface of the water. Here, however, we got some great views of a large manatee.