Manatee Season Blog

Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist, and Cora Berchem, Director of Multimedia and Manatee Research Associate, take "roll call" on a cold winter morning at Blue Spring State Park. Photo courtesy David Schrichte.

Manatee Sighting Blog

The river temp was down to 62.4°F (16.9°C). The manatee count should have gone up but it went down. I think they know it is going to get a little warmer the next few days. We counted 609 manatees and ID’d Save the Manatee Club adoptees Howie, Paddy Doyle, Brutus, Nick, Philip, Deep Dent, Lily, Gator, Lenny, Margarito, Annie, Una, Phyllis, Whiskers, Moo Shoo, and Doc. We have a second alligator sighted this season. An eight-footer has been in the last three days. That is far more normal than none. Now if the tarpon would start using the top half of the run instead of just the lower. Manatees and tarpon in the boil make for nice pictures!

Rocket is always a bit shy and likes to take off when he sees the research canoe. He arrived for the season on December 21!

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2022 – 2023

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Howie first showed up on November 8, 2021. His visits have been consistent with the chillier weather. Here he is on January 5, 2022.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2021 – 2022

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Aqua the manatee swimming while her calf nurses from under her flipper

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2020 – 2021

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Manatee Phyllis and her calf surfacing for a breath.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2019 – 2020

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An underwater photo of manatee Aqua and her calf at Blue Spring State Park.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2018 – 2019

Get the manatee sighting reports from our Blue Spring researchers for the 2018-2019 winter season.

A photo showing one manatee close to the camera, a manatee just behind surfacing for air, and another manatee swimming toward the first.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2017 – 2018

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Manatee Amber and her calf swimming through Blue Spring.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2016 – 2017

Get the manatee sighting reports from our Blue Spring researchers for the 2016-2017 winter season.

Manatee Annie and her newborn calf surface for air at Blue Spring State Park.

Manatee Sighting Reports: 2015 – 2016

Get the manatee sighting reports from our Blue Spring researchers for the 2015-2016 winter season.