All Florida’s Creatures…Plus a Hippo! Florida is well-known for many things. Sometimes we get a bad rep, but for the most part we are home to some pretty awesome and unique stuff. It’s hard to travel across the state without seeing at least an image of a West Indian manatee, or if you’re lucky, spotting one in person. Plenty of Central Florida’s springs are home to hundreds of manatees, especially in the colder months when they flock to the consistent temperatures of the natural water.