Imagine dozens of manatees casually frolicking in the shallow water just off your dock. That’s exactly what Walton County, Florida local Chayce Campbell spotted in LaGrange Bayou, located just west of the 331 bridge. [VIDEOS BELOW]
“It was very exciting to see,” said Campbell. “One of the most peaceful things I’ve seen in a long time.”
It’s not very often one gets to witness such a large gathering of manatees (officially known as an “aggregation” of manatees – look it up!), especially here in Walton County. But what Campbell first thought to be just a few manatees turned out to be a large aggregation of over seventy of the magnificent and gentle creatures.
LaGrange Bayou is located on the northeastern side Choctawhatchee Bay, and it feeds into the town of Freeport. Choctawhatchee Bay is also home to dolphins, sharks, redfish, blue fish, speckled trout, alligators, rays, flounder, Jack Crevalle, Spanish mackerel, lady fish, alligator gars, bass, and the local favorite, mullet. Bald eagles and ospreys are also part of the Choctawhatchee Bay’s vibrant ecosystem.