November 2023

Rescue volunteers and officials pull a giant net across a canal and drag it down the canal to corral entrapped manatees.

Multiple Manatee Rescues Following Hurricane Idalia

The Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership stayed vigilant after Hurricane Idalia, assisting with rescues of displaced and stranded manatees.

An aerial image looking down shows manatees among swirling fish in the main Homosassa Spring on a cold winter morning.

Homosassa Springs Weathers The Hurricane Season

Park staff and manatee watch volunteers prepare for another manatee season at one of Florida’s most popular warm-water springs, Homosassa Springs.

An underwater photo shows Isla Bella swimming in Blue Spring with Kasper right next to her.

Adoptee Appearances At Blue Spring Drop Over Autumn

Many manatees were sighted this autumn at Blue Spring State Park, including three Save the Manatee Club adoptees!

Millie is spotted traveling just below the surface of the water. Her large size and forked tail make her easy to identify.

Millie Still The Only Reliable Coastal Adoptee

Millie makes an appearance in the Silver River, while the other adoptees remain shy. Hopefully the cooler fall temperatures will result in more sightings.

Closeup underwater picture of two manatee faces on the homepage of the website

Our Website Gets A New Look

Save the Manatee Club has a new website with new features that will make connecting with our supporters easier and learning about manatees better.

A bulldozer rides over a waste pile at a landfill, moving and compacting the garbage before it is eventually covered over.

Science Corner: Landfill Dangers And Alternatives

Manatees face many challenges in the wild—from harassment to boat strikes—but they may face additional threats from an unlikely source: landfills.

Manatee Clog swims in the Weeki Wachee River with other manatees. A tracking device attached to his peduncle bobs along after him.

No Sighting Of Bama Over The Summer

There is no sighting of Bama in Alabama over the summer, but researchers kept busy tracking other recently released manatees in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Volunteers and Save the Manatee Club staff attend the Crystal River Manatee Festival in 2023 and educate visitors on manatee-safe practices, help process adoptions, and raffle off a gift basket.

Winter Is Coming!

In addition to manatees, the winter season brings back the many Florida festivals celebrating this aquatic mammal. We hope to see you there!

Jimmy Buffett and Pat Rose review a PSA script in Key West in 1982. Photo by Chris Gotshall.

Honoring the Legacy of SMC Co-Founder Jimmy Buffett

Among the many facets of the remarkable life of Jimmy Buffett, his tireless dedication to manatee advocacy shines as a beacon of inspiration.