Informes de avistamientos de manatíes: 2020 – 2021

Aqua the manatee swimming while her calf nurses from under her flipper
Aqua is one of the adoptees who came in with a calf last season. Here she is with her calf at Blue Spring State Park on February 4, 2021.

Por Wayne Hartley, especialista en manatíes, y Cora Berchem, directora de multimedia y asociada de investigación sobre manatíes

May 2021:
Blue Spring State Park: annie (with calf!) on May 16th, caimán on May 18th, Margarita on May 13th, filis (with calf) on May 3rd. mili (East Coast adoptee) was seen in May in the Silver River in Florida.

April 15, 2021:
It is about noon, and Gator just went by the webcam with one of our older and larger females.

April 11, 2021:
Just a quick note: two of our recent releases were hanging at the park. We just call them “the girls” as they are always together. Save the Manatee Club adoptee Cohete dropped in and was very happy to see them! The manatee season is over, but occasionally one or two or a group will drop by. They generally just cruise the run and leave. Thanks to Cora, the webcam, and the volunteers for the sightings!

April 6, 2021:
The cold front seems to be over and the river is warming up. It was 70.7° F (21.5° C) this morning, and Cora counted five manatees. Three of them were down by the river and none of them were adoptees. The park opened today for the public to enjoy swimming and paddling again, so manatee season seems to pretty much have come to an end. Our webcams will be playing pre-recorded highlights from now on until the next manatee season starts in November!

April 5, 2021:
The river temp was down to 69.8°F (21°C). We counted eight manatees, and the park staff counted seven. We ID’d seven but none were Save the Manatee Club adoptees. I think the manatees know it is warming up. Forgot to mention yesterday that Mr. Brutus passed the webcam Saturday in the late afternoon. We have seen much more of him this manatee season.

April 3-4, 2021:
Well, the air temperature for the second night in a row dropped into the 40s, but apparently that didn’t impress the manatees or they are still on their way to Blue Spring. On Saturday, the river temperature was at 20° C (68° F) this morning, and both park staff and Cora counted one manatee. It was a juvenile manatee, that we named “Pre” at the beginning of the season after the famous runner Steve Prefontaine. Although a manatee is certainly not a sprinter or track runner, like the real “Pre,” this juvenile is a spunky male, so we thought it fit. After the count was over, Cora saw a couple of manatees in the river, close to the park. Maybe they were heading in and we will see some more tomorrow or Monday.

Roll call was a little better on Sunday. We counted 10 manatees, and the park staff counted 10 manatees. Most were not the same manatees. In the end we saw at least 23 manatees and Phyllis came in with her calf. Seventeen manatees were ID’d. Manatees were out in the river in front of the run and were chasing each other in and out. The river temp was 70.6° F (21.5° C), which was warmer than yesterday and should have kept the manatees out in the river. It makes no sense, but that was what we got. We are eager to see what tomorrow will bring.
April 2, 2021:
I am going to stop predicting the end of the manatee season. Cold has returned, but the river temperature is only down to 69.8° F (21° C), and no manatees have returned yet. Maybe some will be seen during the day on the webcam. It takes awhile for the river to cool and for the manatees to travel back from whereever they have gone off to. We are looking forward to the next few days.

March 26, 2021:
The air temp yesterday was in the 90s. The river temp today was 73.6° F (23° C), and the park staff counted one manatee. I launched the canoe and met folks from Stetson University and the park staff coming down the run as they were removing exotics. I asked if they had seen the manatee, and they had not. I knew the Volusia County Sheriff’s underwater search and rescue team was training and drilling up near the boil, so I turned and went home. I think the manatee season is over.

March 25, 2021:
The river temperature was up to 71.6° F (22° C), and I counted one lone juvenile manatee. The park staff counted seven manatees — they must have all left the spring run right before I started the count, probably going out into the river to feed. No adoptees today. The forecast is predicting high temperatures, so this might be the end of manatee season at Blue Spring. We were happy to see “Schwinn” (aka the “bike tire manatee”) this week. He looked good, besides his horrendous scars that will always stick with him, but we’re happy that he made it through the winter season, and he seems to be doing well, which is a big relief for us and I imagine all of our partners!

March 24, 2021:
River temp was 71° F (21.7° C). We counted 49 manatees and only spotted three more after the count. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees at roll call were Agua con pantorrilla y Rocket. Yesterday, sharp-eyed Cora spotted some fishing line in the run and started to pull it out so the manatees would not eat it or entangle their flippers. Cora soon realized she had a garfish on the other end of the line. I got out my pocket knife and asked for the line, but I did not use the knife. Gar are strong, and when I got it near the canoe, it broke the line. The hook should rust out in time, and the gar will not get caught on something and starve now that the line gone.

March 23, 2021:
Research note: Yesterday we recorded two manatees we could not ID. One we ID’d as Streak (not an adoptee) when we saw more scars today on the recording. As to the other, I went home and began going through scar drawings and referencing photos on any possible candidates. I finally matched it to Hafiz (not an adoptee). Hafiz was in, it seemed, almost every day last season. Now here he was on March 22nd. Further study found Hafiz in a scar drawing on January 1st, so it was not so amazing as I thought. Just a little insight into what the research entails… The river temp today was 71.6° F (22° C). We counted 79 manatees at roll call and ID’d 19 more after roll call for a total of 71 ID’d. For the Save the Manatee Club adoptees, we had Agua preñada, filis con pantorrilla y Gator. Gator was also with filis. I guess he was worn out from playing with some other manatees on and around and all over a palm log in the run. Cora caught that on the webcam. We are always watching caimán!

March 22, 2021:
The manatee season is not quite over! The river temp today, after a weekend of cool, was 69.8° F (21° C). We had hope when Cora spotted Lirio and some others on the webcam yesterday. Later on the same day, Cora saw Bruto come in and get pushed around by Lily. Good for Lily! Today the park staff counted 35 manatees, and we counted 38. Far more than we expected! Felipe was the only Save the Manatee Club adoptee at roll call, but Cora caught caimán y filis on the webcam. Tomorrow may be better.

March 18, 2021:
The river was 73.4® F (23® C), but it might have been my thermometer that was a bit off. I don’t think the river temp has dropped since yesterday with a daytime high of 90 degrees F (32.2° C) and overnight low of 62° F (16.6° C). The park staff counted two manatees and three alligators. I counted the same two manatees (Amelia and Irma) and two alligators, one of them headed into the river as I was launching the canoe. Although it looks like it will be a little cooler the next couple of nights, manatee season may be coming to an end at Blue Spring.

March 17, 2021:
The river temp today was 74° F (23.5° C) — definitely warmer than the spring. I expect the girls (Amelia and Irma) will leave us soon. I only had them to count, but the park service found a third manatee. The girls were in the boil as usual, but the park service was removing exotic fish from the run, so I found them three quarters of the way down the run moving ahead of the swimmers who were looking for fish. The park staff and I are both pleased to see them leery of swimmers. When the park opens to swimmers, it should insure the girls stay in the river where they belong until the winter cold.

March 16, 2021:
The river temperature was up to 22° C (71.6° F), so it was almost as warm as the spring. Both the park staff and I counted only two manatees: Amelia and Irma (the ones who we released at the park about a month ago). They were at the spring head — very much to the enjoyment of the visitors who came to see manatees and were disappointed that none were there.

March 15, 2021:
The river temp was up to 70.5° F (22° C). Our manatee count was three, and the park count was two. We see the recent releases Amelia and Irma in the boil every morning, but we know they go out to eat. Perhaps when the river is warmer than the spring they will stop coming in. Then SeaWorld brought another manatee for release. Known at rescue in Blue Spring as “U131/20” (U= unknown or unnamed manatee #131 for the 2020-21 season), she was a very pregnant manatee suffering with cold stress. She came in on January 29th and was rescued on February 1st. Now she is known as Moira-Rose! SeaWorld was assisted by Blue Spring State Park personnel, Volusia County Environmental Management, and Save the Manatee Club.

March 13 & 14, 2021:
It is warming up and the manatees are moving out. On Saturday the river was 20° C (68° F), and on Sunday it had warmed up a bit to 20.5° C (68.9° F). Thirteen manatees were counted on Saturday with seven more coming in after the count was over, and only six were counted on Sunday. None of the manatees were Save the Manatee Club adoptees. The mother manatee who had an unsuccessful birth last week is hanging around still, so we are keeping a close eye on her to make sure she is doing okay. Amelia and Irma, who were released at the park last month, are also still using the spring run, but we are hearing from our partners that they are going out into the river as well, which is a good sign. Hermey, who was released just a day after the girls, visited the park this weekend too. We can easily identify him by a white scar on his back. Ralphie, who was released with Hermey, has no identifying marks, so unfortunately we have lost track of him.

March 12, 2021:
Oddly the river temp was down but so were the manatee numbers. They know it is warming up! The river temp was 66.2° F (19° C). We counted 41 manatees, and the park staff counted 46. I’m sure the park count was better as the juveniles we tried to ID kept us confused on the count. If all you have to do is count, it is easier. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees present were annie y Cohete.

March 11, 2021:
The manatee numbers are going down. The river temp was 67.1° F (19.5° C). We counted 76 manatees, and the park staff counted 75. We pushed the count as we hoped to find Mandy and calf and commence a rescue. Mandy looked very emaciated recently but was not coming in on a regular basis. We wanted to get the rescue rolling as early as possible, so we rushed by the manatees we saw with out straining to ID them. Still, we ID’d 45 manatees — not bad for a hurried count. Yesterday Cora saw a cow that appeared to have just given birth, and my film confirmed it. She had no calf. Today we found the poor little male calf dead on the bottom of the run. We recovered the calf, and the park service secured it until it could be retrieved for necropsy. Meanwhile, we found Mandy and calf in the boil and called for rescue. We watched the pair for three hours until the rescue crew arrived. It was one of the smoothest rescues I have seen, and mother and calf were soon on the way to treatment. Those participating were Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Volusia County Environmental Management, Blue Spring State Park staff, and Save the Manatee Club. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees in were Una y Cohete! We also received word from Clearwater Marine Aquarium researchers to the north that they were keeping an eye on Bruto. Good to know he is well.

March 10, 2021:
With the river temp at 64.4° F (18° C), we counted 125 manatees, and the park staff counted 128. We ID’d 97. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees were Howie and Annie at roll call. Doc, Paddy Doyle, y filis with calf missed roll call. The manatee season may be winding down. The weather forecasters are offering no more cool weather.

March 9, 2021:
The river was down to 66.2° F (19° C). We counted 147 manatees, and I am sure the wind kept us from seeing many more. The park staff had counted 101 earlier, and I am sure their count was lower because more manatees were constantly coming in. We identified more as I helped Cora clean the above-water camera dome. Our Save the Manatee Club adoptees in were Lucille, Aqua preñada, Howie, Flash, Floyd, y annie, who missed roll call. One of the recent releases, Hermie, had his tag removed by Monica Ross of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. Hermie was tagged to make sure he would know to come back to Blue Spring if it got cold. Having passed that test, his tag could be removed. We hope for even more manatees tomorrow!

March 8, 2021:
Good day! We counted 85 manatees at roll call, and the park staff counted 81. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees in were Howie, Aqua con ternera, y filis with calf. Three of the newly-released manatees were in. This shows they know where to go to stay safe in the cold. Also, a hydrophone project being conducted in the run with the Club’s assistance depends on two of those released manatees. It is nice they have many other manatees to talk to! The river temp was 67° F (19.5° C), and it should be cooler tomorrow. Not only the manatees have been out in the river, but boaters have been out on the river, too. We noted at least five new boat strike wounds, each involving multiple cuts from propellers and the knife blade-like skegs that are in front of the propeller to protect it. Wear polarized glasses for the glare, watch for manatees noses, and manatee “foot prints!” A manatee foot print is formed on the surface as a circular eddy caused by the manatee’s tail moving up and down as they swim. These will be in a straight line, and the manatee will be a short distance in front of the last one that appeared.

March 7, 2021:
It got quite a bit cooler over the weekend, and although it was very windy today, finally some manatees showed up for the count! The river had dropped to 68° F (20° C), and I counted 15 manatees with some more coming in after the count was over. None of them were Save the Manatee adoptees though. The overnight temperatures for the next two days look low again, so that may bring a few more manatees in. After that, the forecast looks warm.

March 5, 2021:
With no manatees and bad weather, we have not blogged. We hoped as it was a bit cool yesterday and last night some might come in, but it didn’t happen. The river temp was 69.8° F (21° C). We hope to see some manatees by Monday as the cool weather will continue for a few days.

March 1 and 2, 2021:
This blog could be the same as for the last day of February, except the river temp is higher. The river was 73° F (23° C) on Monday. The dark river water was in on the surface as it was warmer and lighter than the spring water. As the manatees come in to the spring to be warm, there is no real reason for them to be here now. The count for both Monday and Tuesday was zero. All the manatees are out in the river at the giant salad bar.

February 28, 2021:
The river had come up to 21° C (69.8° F), which was not surprising as air temperatures have been in the 80s during the day. Neither the park nor Save the Manatee Club staff saw any manatees today in the spring. On Saturday, February 27th, the park staff counted four manatees. Although we’ll have some overnight lows in the 50s this coming week, most likely that will not bring many (if any) manatees in.

February 25, 2021:
The river was warmer today: 67.8° F (19.9° C). But we still managed to count 11 manatees at roll call. After roll call, we saw six more. The park staff count was 13. None of the manatees seen were Save the Manatee Club adoptees. Looking ahead at the long-range weather forecast, we may be seeing the winding down of the manatee season at Blue Spring next week.

February 24, 2021:
The river temp was 66.2° F (19° C), which was cooler than yesterday but did not impress many manatees, and none of the SMC adoptees came in. We counted 13 manatees and ID’d 11. We had hoped to rescue another manatee we deemed too thin, but she did not show. We see a manatee that worries us, and we film it. Film and pictures are forwarded to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and they ask us to keep an eye on the manatee or agree a rescue is needed. Then we have to wait for the manatee to come back in. We notify FWC when we see it and hope the personnel and equipment are available for the rescue. So many manatees need help right now that all rescue resources may be committed elsewhere. So we worry and wait and hope she comes in.

February 23, 2021:
The river temp was up to 68.1° F (20.1° C), and we were down to 23 manatees at roll call. Nick was the sole representative of the Save the Manatee Club adoptees. However, the main mission today was the capture of a non-adoptee named Chloe. She was emaciated to the point we were very worried about her. She was in, and we alerted the capture team. We kept an eye on Chloe until the rescue team was able to arrive at the park about two hours later. Chloe was almost in the river by that time. It worked out well as she was very calm (until she was in the boat!) and out of the area where all the logs are — where she usually hangs out — which would have made a capture very difficult. By noon, Chloe was off to rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando. Thanks to the staff of Blue Spring State Park, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Volusia County Environmental Management, and our own Save the Manatee Club.

February 22, 2021:
The river warmed a bit last night to 67.6° F (19.7° C), but the count increased to 42 manatees. annie was the only Save the Manatee Club adoptee we saw. It is very hard to predict how the manatees will react to the weather right now. We have a couple of health problems we are watching. With so few manatees in, it would be a good time to capture them if they come in.

February 21, 2021:
The river temperature had dropped a bit more and was at 66.2° F (19° C) this morning, but it didn’t bring in as many manatees as I had expected. I counted 32 manatees (which was double than yesterday). No Save the Manatee Club adoptees were seen. Ralphie (the tagged manatee we helped release last week) was in the spring run again, so that was good to see.

February 20, 2021:
The air had cooled down quite a bit overnight from a high of 82° F yesterday to a low of 45° F overnight. The river temperature dropped slightly to 68.9° F (20.5° C) and that should bring some manatees in. I counted 15 this morning but none were Save the Manatee adoptees. Ralphie, who we helped release last Tuesday, was in again this morning. He seems to be adapting well and was seen with one of our bigger Blue Spring females on the webcam yesterday afternoon. It’s supposed to stay cool this weekend, so more manatees should be in tomorrow and at the beginning of the week.

February 19, 2021:
The river temp was back up to 71.6° F (22° C). The only manatee in was Ralphie. Not a Save the Manatee Club adoptee he was released here the 16th. Ralphie was leaving as we finished up. Hopefully the rest of the manatees are feeding up for the next cold spell.

February 18, 2021:
It was so warm this morning that I was surprised to see the river temp had dropped. But it was warmer yesterday. Today the river temp was 70° F (21° C). As we got the water temp, four manatees swam into the run! We counted 11 manatees and ID’d 6. None were Save the Manatee Club adoptees.

February 17, 2021:
The river temp was up to 71.6° F (22° C). Our official count was one, but we ended up seeing three manatees. Now of the recent releases: they were up north of us somewhere. No Save the Manatee Club adoptees were in either. Correction: I reversed the info on the two girls released on Monday. Irma was rescued in Julington Creek and Amelia from Grand Canal. I wish I could blame someone else for that, but I did it all by myself! Temperatures may be low enough over the weekend and into next week to bring some manatees in. On the other hand, I have seen the season end in late February.

February 16, 2021:
The river remained at 70° F (21° C) today. Two manatees were in and neither was a Save the Manatee Club adoptee. About noon, three young males were brought to the park for release in the run: Hermie, Gar, and Ralphie. All three had problems with the cold weather recently but could be released after only a brief rehab period.

February 15, 2021:
The river temp was 70° F (21° C). The only manatee present for roll call was a young female named Chloe (not a Save the Manatee Club adoptee). Just after noon she was joined by two three year-olds that had been rescued as orphans. Irma was rescued from Grand Canal, Indian Harbor Beach in Brevard County on March 19, 2017. Amelia was rescued on August 29, 2017, from Julington Creek in St Johns County. They were raised at SeaWorld Orlando and Jacksonville Zoo and released from Jacksonville Zoo. Amelia was restive and made quite a splash as she swam from her stretcher into Blue Spring run!

February 12, 2021:

The warm spell continues with an air temperature high of 85 degrees (29.4° C) yesterday. The river came up to 68° F (20° C), and I only saw one manatee at the head spring. It was not Buckeye, so not the same one that Wayne saw yesterday. We have been watching a small alligator over the past weeks too and got a nice film of him and a manatee the other day. Even the alligator was out in the river today!

February 11, 2021:
I identified 100% of the manatees in today! However the fact that there was only one somewhat detracts from the feat. He is not even a Save the Manatee Club adoptee. His name is Buckeye, and he was a release not too many years ago. The river temp was 67° F (19.5° C). Sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit is the magic number that brings them in at the first of the season, so it is reasonable they would be out in the river looking for food just now. When and if it gets cold, they will be back.

February 10, 2021:
I guessed we would see 15 to 20 manatees. We saw four! The river temp was 65.3° F (18.5° C). In November that would attract many manatees, but after some really cold days it does not impress them much. I hope they are doing well out in the river!

February 9, 2021:
The river temp was up to 65° F (18.5° C). If you notice discrepancies in the temps, we are going through broken thermometers and new ones that need to be calibrated. The manatee count was down to 42, but at least Lirio showed up to represent the Save the Manatee Club adoptees! Tomorrow we estimate we will have around 15-20 manatees. When it finally gets cold again, the manatees may come in with new scars, and we will have to ID many all over again. The new scars will have come from boats as the warm weather is good for boating as well as for manatees looking for food. If you are on the waterways, keep a lookout!

February 6, 2021:
The river was still cold at 58.1° F (14.5° C), but the air had warmed up significantly and the manatees were mostly in the lower transects ready to go out and feed! Conditions were great today for counting and IDing with no wind and a glassy, smooth water surface. The high winds and predicted rain shifted into later during the day, which was a plus. I counted 331 manatees, including adoptees Brutus, Annie, Aqua preñada, filis preñada, Philip, Lenny, Gator, Howie, Lucille, Lily, Floyd, Doc, Nick, Paddy Doyle, y Bigotes! New manatees are still showing up that we have not previously seen at Blue Spring this season (they are known from previous years), so that’s always exciting.

February 5, 2021:
The river temp was 59° F (15° C). The park staff counted 624 manatees, a new record! We counted 503, but we began later than the park so they had no wind to spoil visibility, and there was no steam off the water today. It also helped the park to be counting from higher up on the boardwalk. With the wind, it was harder for us to get in among the manatees without bumping one and causing a panic. So we often had to say at a distance, and being down low, it was harder to count. The wind for us began a quarter of the way up the run. We had counted 223 by then. Halfway up the run the wind seemed to increase to gale force, and we had counted 420. Just an illustration to show how they are tending to stay in the lower part of the run. We had almost no manatees from the quarter to the halfway point. Then there was at least 50 manatees “plugging” the run. We had to tiptoe the canoe through. We spotted no new arrivals after the roll call was over, but all I wanted to do at that point was to get back to the canoe beach. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees present were Paddy Doyle, Philip, Deep Dent, Moo Shoo, Floyd, Whiskers, Lily, Gator, Phyllis preñada, Doc, Aqua con ternera, y Una. I am informed Lucila was on the webcam later in the day. Speaking of late, Mella was in late yesterday with Doc, but after I picked up Doc’s name for the blog I stopped and missed Mella. On February 3rd, Cora observed six manatees we had not seen this season but had in past seasons. They are still traveling and coming in!

February 4, 2021:
The river temp today was 58.1° F (14.5° C). We counted 471 manatees. The park staff counted 437. How the park staff counted any from the boardwalk with the fog and mist from the water mixing to foil visibility, we could not imagine. Fortunately it was lifting as we started. Adding to the mist, the manatees were stirring up the silt so the water was murky. On our side was the fact that the wind was nonexistent at the start. We ID’d 289 manatees and saw Save the Manatee Club adoptees Brutus, Lucille, Lenny, Paddy Doyle, Moo Shoo, Floyd, Philip, Whiskers, Lily, Gator, Aqua preñada, Deep Dent, Phyllis con ternera, y Doc. The lack of wind also kept our fingers and ears from freezing.

February 3, 2021:
The river temperature had dropped to 59° F (15° C) today, and 450 manatees were counted. The park staff even counted 514 manatees! The wind had calmed down a bit, but it was still more than ideal for the count as even little ripples in the water make it hard to count and identify the manatees. Yesterday we didn’t do a count due to high winds. Lots of adoptees were in today! Paddy Doyle, Howie, Lucille, Lily, Aqua preñada, Annie, Brutus, Whiskers, Phyllis preñada, Moo Shoo, Deep Dent, Doc, Floyd, Una, y Destello! Manatee Lesley, who we recently helped release, was also in the spring today looking good! She looks like she’s fitting right back in — coming to the spring when it gets cold and going out to feed when it warms up.

February 1, 2021:
The river temperature remained at 62.6° F (17° C), and the park counted 31 manatees this morning. We didn’t get to do a complete count as we helped monitor a cold-stressed manatee. The only Save the Manatee adoptee seen today was Una. Along with our partners from FWC, SeaWorld, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, Volusia County, and Blue Spring State Park as part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership, we assisted with rescuing the severe cold-stressed female manatee today. It was a challenging rescue due to very high winds, but the team worked together perfectly to make this happen. The manatee was taken to SeaWorld for rehabilitation. We want to extend a big Thank You to everyone who helped! Another cold front is supposed to come in overnight, so more manatees should be in the spring run in the coming days. Hopefully the wind will calm down.

January 31, 2021:
The river temperature had dropped to 62.6° F (17° C), and 165 manatees were counted. The park staff counted 174, so pretty close! The adoptees in today were Nick, Una, Lily, Phyllis con su cría, y lenny! A large alligator was in the spring run, too. It has been hanging out close to the bank opposite the boardwalk where it seems to have its den. Today it came out though and was “posing” in the vicinity of the manatees. Luckily manatees and alligators co-exist peacefully. We did see it on the above-water webcam the other day too, along with manatee adoptee “caimán.” caimán was named after he was seen chasing alligators around a few years ago.

January 29, 2021:
The river temp is on its way back down. The temp was 65.8° F (18.8° C) today. We counted 73 manatees, and many more had come in while we were up the run. The park staff counted 115 manatees, which may be closer to the truth. With the manatees and boaters both having been out in the river enjoying the warm weather, we observed six new boat strikes. None were life threatening. An adult female is in that we do not recognize with a bad case of cold stress. We will monitor. There were 51 manatees ID’d. Agua greeted us on the way up, and Bruto was waiting at the river when we came back down the run after roll call. They were the only Save the Manatee Club adoptees we saw.

January 28, 2021:
The winds were predicted to be 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts over 20 miles per hour. I was going to do a roll call anyway, hoping the winds would be later in the day as usual. The winds were up at 6:30 am and I canceled the roll call. Should be a much better one tomorrow with the cool day today and the cooler night to come. The manatees should be back in the run with a good feed in their bellies.

January 27, 2021:
The river temp continued to climb and reached 68.3° F (20.2° C). We counted 12 manatees and only did that well because we counted two that were in the river. We ID’d 13 manatees, but none of them were Save the Manatee Club adoptees. We could ID more than the count because five manatees came in after roll call — all of which could be ID’d and late comers may be ID’d but not counted.

January 26, 2021:

The river temp was up to 66° F (19° C). I counted 16 manatees, and the park counted 12 manatees. Tomorrow should be more of the same! I ID’d six. Nine were unmarked juveniles that could not be ID’d. Juveniles need the warm water more than adults. As I reached the canoe, there was swish, swish over my head, and the three turkeys that had been in the picnic area passed over my head going to the far bank. Long ago one brushed my arm with a wing as it crossed the river near my canoe. No Save the Manatee Club adoptees in today.

January 25, 2021:

Well it did warm up as the weather forecast said it would. The river temp was 66° F (18° C), and we counted 26 manatees. No Save the Manatee Club adoptees were in. With the warm weather, manatees and boats are both enjoying the river. We have observed several new boat strikes. It is sad, but manatees have to endure and carry on with injuries that would put us in hospital for an extended stay.

January 23, 2021:
It was very warm yesterday and overnight and the river showed it — it had warmed up to 64.4° F (18° C), and most of the 98 manatees that were counted were congregated by the river, ready to go out and feed. The adoptees seen were Una, Gator, y Howie. Philip sprinted in from the river after the count was over, apparently wanting to make sure that he was still identified! The forecast for the next week looks unseasonably warm, so there probably won’t be very many manatees.

January 22, 2021:

As I expected, the count was down today. The river was up to 60.8° F (16° C). Our count was 210 manatees with 102 ID’d. The water was like glass, which was perfect for IDing manatees until we launched the canoe. Then the wind came up. The only three Save the Manatee Club adoptees in were Howie, Gator, filis preñada.

January 21, 2021:
The river temp was 59° F (15° C). We counted 272 manatees. We were happy to see Lesley, the manatee released yesterday, as she was released not into the spring but at a very nearby boat ramp. We knew she would be in, but it was good to see her. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees we saw were Deep Dent, Lily, Lenny, Margarito, Annie, y caimán. I imagine the count will be lower tomorrow as the weather has warmed.

January 20, 2021:
Cora filmed the release of Lesley while I did the roll call. Lesley has been under treatment at SeaWorld Orlando for about three years for a terrible and infected boat strike. She was released upside down as she refused to stay on her belly. The river temp was 57.5° F (14° C). I counted 380 manatees, but ID’d only 160. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees at roll call were Doc, Paddy Doyle, Aqua con ternera, y filis preñada. Lirio y floyd were seen on the web cam before the count started!

January 19, 2021:

The river temp was 62.6° F (17° C). We counted 376 manatees and ID’d 251. That is a lot of ID’s! The Save the Manatee Club adoptees in were Lucille, Lenny, Margarito, Paddy Doyle, Una, Deep Dent, Floyd, Lily, Merlin, Gator, Phyllis con ternera, y Doc. Rocket, Nick, y Felipe showed up after roll call.

January 18, 2021:
I looked at the weather forecast and it was windy, but I had said I would go so I went. I got to the park and realized it was a holiday. I definitely would have canceled, but I was there so I got on the water. The river temp was 59.5° F (15° C). It should be colder — I do not understand! The manatees know it is cold. I counted 360. I ID’d 123. I would have done better, but the wind finally came up just after I took a break from the roll call to rescue a boy’s jacket that fell in the run. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees that were in were Doc, Margarito, Philip, Deep Dent, Paddy Doyle, Phyllis preñada, Whiskers, Aqua con ternera, y Rocket. Merlin was seen by a volunteer as I was fighting the wind to get the canoe beached. Manatees are still making their first visits. Ordo and Roos (not adoptees) were in side by side near the mouth of the run. Makes me happy to see the old guys.

January 17, 2021:
The river temperature this morning was 60.8° F (16° C), and I counted 375 manatees. The park staff counted 382, so it was very close. It was extremely foggy to the point where you couldn’t see the opposite bank on the St. John’s River! This happens sometimes but not very often. The adoptees in today were Margarito, Annie, Doc, Paddy Doyle, Merlin, Aqua preñada, Moo Shoo, Una, Phyllis preñada, Deep Dent, Whiskers, Lenny, y floyd!

January 15, 2021:
The canoe basin at the mouth of the run usually has about five or six manatees in it at roll call. Today it looked like 60! When we launched the canoe, the entire bunch went to panic mode! The USGS folks working on the flow meters had the same experience. I guess it was the capture yesterday that has them spooked. The river temp was at 58.8° F (14.9° C). The river, being cold, is heavier than the warm run water, so it goes up the run on the bottom. Instead of being a 100 or more yards up the run, it was not even all the way across the canoe basin. Has me puzzled. We counted 321 manatees in spite of the commotion. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees we saw were Lily, Paddy Doyle, Annie, Una, Deep Dent, Whiskers, Phyllis con pantorrilla y Doc.

January 13 – 14, 2021:
Yesterday the river was at 60.8° F (16° C), and we counted 380 manatees. The adoptees in were Lenny, Paddy Doyle, Deep Dent, Rocket, Annie, Floyd, Nick, Moo Shoo, Philip, Phyllis con su cría, y Lucila! Today the river was at 61.7° F (16.5° C) and 397 manatees were counted; however, we did a rather quick count as we had to assist with locating some manatees in need of rescue today. We have been watching one manatee that looks very skinny, but he was very responsive to the rescue team and escaped all efforts to catch him. We assisted our partners from FWC, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, Volusia County, and Blue Spring State Park with hoop-netting a very small female calf that was not thriving. It was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation. The adoptees seen throughout the day today were Annie, Lily, Lucille, Floyd, Moo Shoo, Paddy Doyle, Una, Howie, Nick, Phyllis preñada, Abolladura profunda, y lenny!

January 12, 2021:
The river temp was 64.5° F (18° C). A third of the way up the run the wind was so bad for visibility and my ability to guide the canoe. I allowed that if it was this bad at the start we would not have started. To add to our troubles, a cormorant diving into the run spooked the manatees again so the water clarity became even worse. One manatee looked like the others had tried to bury him in sand during the panic! Still, we counted 277 manatees compared to the park’s 293. Of those, 122 manatees were ID’d. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees were filis preñada, Paddy Doyle, Una, Howie, Floyd, Lily, y Felipe. A little incident from yesterday: We were about a quarter of the way up the run when Cora seemed to have spotted an unusual manatee, but her reaction was off. I looked and found we were about six feet from a nine-foot alligator submerged in about a foot and a half of water. He was between a ruined dock (also submerged) and the bank. He did not bother us, and we sure did not bother him, so the count continued.

January 11: 2021:
The manatees were very “spooky” today. They dashed about and stirred up the run at the least provocation. Still, we counted 400 manatees. The river temp was 59° F (15° C). The Save the Manatee Club adoptees present were Lucille, Nick, Margarito, Paddy Doyle, Flash, Doc, Merlin, Floyd, Annie, Whiskers, Lilly, Philip, Gator, Rocket, Howie, y filis with calf. Pretty good attendance! Bruto was reported wandering the springs to our north. Sadly, we also received word that Bay, BS562, was found dead of cold stress at Salt Spring on December 19,  2020. Bay first appeared at Blue Spring in 2008 and was last seen at Blue Spring in 2018. Bay missed the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons but will come no more.

January 10, 2021:
The river had dropped to 59.9° F (15.5 ° C), which was not surprising as the past few nights have been pretty cold! I counted 384 manatees, but there were most likely a lot more. Something stirred them up, and many manatees were swimming around in the lower transects, which made it hard to count them all and identify them. The adoptees in today were Una, Annie, Aqua with calf, Phyllis preñada, Merlin, Flash, Lily, Lucille, Gator, Lenny, Rocket, Floyd, Whiskers, Doc, Moo Shoo, Paddy Doyle, y Deep Dent! Una seems to be accompanied by a juvenile, which makes me wonder if it might be her calf “Maguna” from last year. Una and Maguna were rescued in February of 2020 and brought to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation after Una had both her flippers severely entangled in fishing line. The pair was successfully released in the late summer, and we would have expected that Maguna would be weaned by now. Since Maguna has no scars, it is impossible to identify her.

January 9, 2021:
The river remained at 62.6° F (17° C), but the air temperature keeps dropping. This morning, 394 manatees were counted. The park staff even counted 418 from the boardwalk and reported that over 100 of them were at the spring head, which seems to be a new record! When I reached the head spring, there were still almost 30 manatees up there. The adoptees seen today were Lily, Annie, Aqua con su cría, Lenny, Lucille, Whiskers, Una, Doc, Gator, Paddy Doyle, Flash, Floyd, Margarito, Nick, Moo Shoo, y Merlin! Manatee “Sawyer,” who we mentioned in our update the other day, is now back at Blue Spring, which is good news, meaning he did not get stuck at the other site he was visiting!

January 8, 2021
The river remained at 62.6° F (17° C). The number of manatees went down as the air temp was higher for the evening low. We counted 293 manatees. We saw Save the Manatee Club adoptees Whiskers, Paddy Doyle, Moo Shoo, Nick, Merlin, Gator, y Doc. We filmed some question and answer sessions for educational videos, and then Cora did an interview with Channel 13 while I went home.

January 7, 2021:
Late news form yesterday. As Cora reviewed the webcam film, she picked out Aqua in front of the camera! Today the river temp remained at 62° F (17° C). We counted 366 manatees, and the park staff counted 400 manatees. We would have done more except for the birds. Cormorants generally hop off the tree limbs into the water very quietly. This time one about 25 feet away must have landed on a manatee. Manatees (the ones awake) took off in all directions, and we were lucky to remain upright. This was in the mob near the river, and the dashing about and the silt stirred up did cause a decline in the count! Later an anhinga further up the run caused the same thing on a smaller scale. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees were Una, Annie (very pregnant), Aqua, Lily, Moo Shoo, Phyllis preñada, caimán, and, with roll call over, we saw Mella. Cora stayed at the park to work on the cameras and emailed me that Esmerejón estaba en.

January 6, 2021:
The river temp was down to 62° F (17° C), and more manatees were in. Cora and I counted 264 manatees. More Save the Manatee Club adoptees were in as well. The 166 manatees ID’d included Una, Annie, Lily, y filis with calf. Manatee numbers seen at Blue Spring as of today this season is 639. This number includes 78 calves.

January 5, 2021:
The river temp remained at 65° F (18.5® C), but the humid cool air got more manatees in today. I counted 190 manatees, and the park staff counted 187 — close enough! Save the Manatee Club adoptees annie y Una were among the 80 manatees I ID’d today. I watched a cormorant swallow an armored catfish and asked him to tell his friends it was delicious. The armored catfish is a South American import that is doing no good for the environment. Two more old timer manatees came in for their first visit, and it was good to see them. When I got home I ID’d one of my unknown drawings as Nacho, not an adoptee. He came in back on December 8th. Nacho was always a playful manatee and often at the boil. You have to love a manatee named Nacho.

January 4, 2021:
Eighty-one manatees, 47 ID’d, none were Save the Manatee adoptees! The river temp was 65° F (18.5° C). The manatees are out in the river feeding or waiting at the mouth of Blue Spring to go out. A Blue Spring manatee named Sawyer has entered into another warm water area with abundant food at a different spring. Water levels are going down, and if they go low enough he could be trapped there. Researchers, our own Cora Berchem among them, are keeping an eye on him in case human intervention is required. Hopefully he will leave on his own while the water is still deep enough.

December 31, 2020:
The last day of the year! The river temp was up to 63.5° F (17° C). The manatee count was down to 145. Of those, 71 were ID’d. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees present were Margarita y Cohete. I forgot to relate a small incident from yesterday as I was so tired. As we started up the run, a great blue heron was perched on a four-inch in diameter limb sticking out of the water. The heron took exception to our approach and  launched itself with a squawk, causing about a foot of its perch to break off and fall in the water with a splash. The bird was lucky not to be with it. Seconds later there was another splash in almost the same place. Something snakelike was swimming rapidly to shore. It was a squirrel dragging its soaked tail behind it. I am sure it blamed us. It is what squirrels do.

December 30, 2020:
The river was back up to 59° F (15° C). We counted 288 manatees as did the park staff. We ID’d 170 manatees. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees were Aqua, Moo Shoo, Lily, Whiskers, Gator, y Cohete. Mella y howie estaban con la multitud tardía.

29 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río finalmente bajó hoy a 59° F (14° C). Pero con la llegada de temperaturas de hasta 80 grados, el recuento de manatíes disminuyó. ¡Los manatíes parecen tener un barómetro interno excelente! Vi 325 manatíes; el personal del parque vio más pero en el mismo campo de juego. De ellos, 111 manatíes fueron identificados. Los adoptados por el Club Save the Manatee fueron Howie, Philip, Phyllis preñada, caimán, agua preñada, Bigotes, abolladuras profundas, y Doc. Esmerejón Fue visto después de pasar lista, pero dada la cantidad de arcilla que los manatíes habían removido, podría haber estado allí todo el tiempo. Hoy rescaté unas chanclas de niña pequeña. No es tan divertido como el manatí de peluche...

26 y 28 de diciembre de 2020:
El sábado, la temperatura del río se mantuvo en 16° C (60,8° F). Cora pasó lista, pero sintió que su lectura podría haber sido influenciada por la temperatura primaveral, ya que el aire se había enfriado significativamente a 29° F durante la noche. El personal del parque contó 524 manatíes y ella contó 446, ¡pero es posible que se haya perdido algunos otra vez! A veces son más fáciles de ver desde el malecón y otras veces es más fácil desde la canoa. ¡Sin embargo, casi todos los adoptados estaban presentes! Los adoptados vistos fueron Nick, Annie, Aqua, Phyllis con su cría, Philip, Deep Dent, Flash, Merlin, Brutus, Una, Lily, Rocket, Lucille, Doc, Floyd, Gator, Margarito, y Paddy Doylehowie apareció después de que terminó el conteo.

El lunes, el río se mantuvo estable a 60,8° F (16° C). Cora y yo contamos 473 y el personal del parque contó 469, nada mal. ¡Solo cuatro de diferencia! Identificamos 259 manatíes y vimos adoptados por Save the Manatee Club Nick, Brutus, Paddy Doyle, Phillip, Lily, Lenny, Margarito, Lucille, Una, Flash, Moo Shoo, Aqua, Rocket, Phyllis preñada, Bigotes, Doc, Merlín y floydhowie ¡Ya era demasiado tarde para volver a pasar lista! Los únicos que faltaban eran annie y Abolladura profunda, y creemos que llegaron hace dos días.

25 de diciembre de 2020:
El clima cambió de unos agradables 81 grados ayer a 35 grados durante la noche con una fuerte tormenta y vientos durante la noche. El viento se prolongó hasta bien entrada la mañana. La temperatura del río (que siempre desciende un poco más lentamente que el aire) fue de 60,8° F (16° C) esta mañana y se contaron 216 manatíes. El personal del parque contó 262, lo que puede haber sido más exacto. Puede que hubiera más manatíes, pero el viento hizo casi imposible ver algo, especialmente en los transectos cercanos al río. Empezaron a llegar más y más manatíes, y cuando llegué al manantial, había 53 manatíes apiñados allí, ¡una vista que nunca antes había visto! Los únicos adoptados vistos hoy fueron Flash, Moo Shoo, y luego Abolladura profunda después de que terminó el conteo. Espero muchos más durante el fin de semana ya que el clima sigue frío. ¡Feliz Navidad y felices fiestas a todos!

24 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río volvió a ser de 65,3° F (18,5° C) hoy. Con mucha menos arcilla revuelta, contamos 328 manatíes e identificamos a 167. Los manatíes se agolpaban junto al río mientras hacía calor para salir a comer antes de que lleguen las temperaturas de 30 grados. Observamos a los adoptados del Save the Manatee Club Nick, Flash, Lily, Philip, Annie, Moo Shoo, y Cohete. Hasta ahora, hemos visto 559 manatíes individuales y 63 son crías. “En paz, recorre las estaciones como el manatí”. ¡Ten unas seguras y felices vacaciones!

23 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río era de 65,3°F (18,5° C), pero a pesar del aumento de ayer, el recuento de manatíes aumentó. ¡Contamos 333 manatíes y también el personal del parque! A veces obtenemos el mismo recuento, pero ¿333? El viento no era tan fuerte, lo que compensó la arcilla que los manatíes estaban removiendo. Identificamos 174 manatíes, incluidos los adoptados por Save the Manatee Club Howie, Annie, Moo Shoo, Philip, Lily, Merlín, Cohete, Bigotes, y Paddy Doyle. El personal del parque vio filis con el ternero dirigido al río temprano en la mañana para evitar el pase de lista.

22 de diciembre de 2020
¡Espectacular rescate de manatíes en Blue Spring! Cora, con su aguda vista, vio un objeto cerca de la orilla este mientras bajábamos por el sendero después de pasar lista. Estaba colgado de una enredadera y flotando alto. ¡Cora filmó mientras yo maniobraba la canoa para acercarme a un manatí peludo y brillante de ojos azules de aproximadamente veinte centímetros de largo! Era, por supuesto, un manatí disecado con la etiqueta del precio todavía pegada. Dije que alguien estaba llorando: o les dijeron que era una lección de vida o les dieron otro manatí. Fue lo último. Mientras continuábamos por la pista con nuestro premio goteando, alguien llamó desde el malecón. Nos encontraron en la playa de canoas para reclamar a la víctima, agradecernos y anunciar que ahora tenían dos manatíes. La temperatura del río se mantuvo en 62,6° F (17° C). Contamos 304 manatíes. Identificamos 147 manatíes y vimos adoptados por Save the Manatee Club Philip, Howie, Phyllis preñada, Una, Annie (se me olvidó mencionarla ayer), Lirio, y Destello. Al menos seis veteranos más hicieron su primera visita estacional. Se han registrado veintiún manatíes de Blue Spring en manantiales cercanos. Es bueno saber dónde están y que están bien, ¡pero no es como estar aquí!

21 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río hoy fue de 62,5° F (17° C) y contamos 341 manatíes. El conteo fue bueno en el agua clara, pero los manatíes tenían el extremo inferior del recorrido cerca del río oscurecido por la arcilla limosa que estaban removiendo. Las identificaciones se vieron dificultadas por el viento cuando pudimos ver un manatí. Aun así, lo hicimos bien. Identificamos a 158 de los 341 manatíes contados. Entre ellos se encontraban los adoptados del Save the Manatee Club. Howie, Lily, Brutus, Deep Dent, Phyllis con ternera, y Agua. Tuvimos al menos cuatro veteranos por primera vez esta temporada. Siempre es bueno verlos. Ayer vino Phud (pronunciado Pud). Estaba preocupada por él. Fue el último ternero de Phoebe, una muy querida adoptada, antes de que ella muriera por complicaciones durante el parto. Ahora tiene 12 años y es un manatí golpeado (con cicatrices), ¡pero animado!

19 de diciembre de 2020:
El río bajó un poco más a 59° F (15° C) y se contaron 365 manatíes. El personal del parque incluso contó 476, pero algo asustó a los manatíes a mitad de camino y muchos de ellos nadaban rápidamente, lo que hizo que contar e identificar en los transectos inferiores fuera más difícil. Simplemente esperé un rato en la canoa y traté de contar e identificar a cada manatí que pasaba, pero tengo la sensación de que pasaron muchos más que no vi mientras miraba mi cuaderno y escribía. Los adoptados hoy fueron Annie, Nick, Deep Dent, Aqua preñada, Philip, Lily, Una, Flash, Floyd, Doc, y filis con su cría. ¡El ternero es una niña! (Haga clic en el enlace para ver la foto).

18 de diciembre de 2020:
El río bajó a 60,8° F (16° C) y se contaron 268 manatíes. El personal del parque contó 315, lo que podría haber sido más exacto hoy. El viento fue suficiente para convertir el agua en ondas y empujar la canoa, lo que hizo que contar e identificar fuera muy difícil, y cada vez aparecían más manatíes. Los adoptados de SMC hoy fueron Annie, Brutus, Merlín, Flash, Una, Rocket, y filis preñada. Lirio apareció después de que terminó el conteo. ¡Lo más probable es que lleguen más manatíes y más adoptados durante el fin de semana!

17 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río hoy era de 67° F (19° C). Contamos 201 manatíes y 78 de ellos fueron identificados. Los adoptados presentes del Save the Manatee Club fueron, nuevamente, solo Bruto y Felipe. Se avecinan días más fríos, especialmente los dos próximos días. ¡Debería ser interesante!

16 de diciembre de 2020:
El río permaneció a 64,5° F (18° C), pero había más manatíes. Conté 154 manatíes e identifiqué a 101. Buen día Felipe Regresó representando a los adoptados del Save the Manatee Club y, para mi sorpresa, también Bruto! El agua turbia no era tan mala para pasar lista, pero era difícil filmar. Estamos identificando más recién llegados y con nuestra película estamos encontrando manatíes con nombre entre lo desconocido.

14 y 15 de diciembre de 2020:
Fue un fin de semana terrible cuando se recuperaron tres manatíes muertos de Blue Spring. Uno nunca llegó a Blue Spring esta temporada, pero es posible que estuviera en camino. Esperaré más detalles sobre las causas de la muerte antes de usar sus nombres. Ninguno de los manatíes recuperados fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club. El día 14, la temperatura del río era de 67,8° F (19,9° C). Contamos 164 manatíes, uno de los cuales era el adoptado Philip. Al día siguiente, la temperatura del río era de 64,5° F (18° C). Contamos 137 manatíes y Philip fue nuevamente el único adoptado por Save the Manatee Club. Mientras ayudábamos a cargar uno de los manatíes muertos para su transporte, nos dijeron que se reportó otro manatí muerto donde se encontró uno de los tres primeros. Aunque triste, era un manatí joven que nunca había estado en Blue Spring. Para cerrar con una nota más agradable, a medida que nos acercábamos al punto de ebullición vimos dos ciervos caminando por la orilla occidental, una de las ventajas del trabajo.

12 de diciembre de 2020
La temperatura del río hoy era de 59,9° F (15,5°) grados, pero el aire se estaba calentando, por lo que muchos manatíes parecían dirigirse hacia el río para alimentarse o permanecer en los transectos inferiores (lo que no mejoraba la visibilidad). con el fondo revuelto!). Adoptado por SMC Esmerejón ¡Hizo su primera visita de temporada! ¡Estábamos tan felices de verlo! Los otros adoptados vistos hoy fueron Annie, Philip, Phyllis preñada, Moo Shoo, Doc, Paddy Doyle, Floyd, Una, Howie, Margarito, Lily, Lucille, Deep Dent, Bigotes, y caimán!

11 de diciembre de 2020

La temperatura del río era de 16° C (60,8° F) y se contaron 312 manatíes. Muchos parecían dirigirse hacia el río ya que se estaba calentando un poco. El parque contaba con 371, ¡así que es posible que me haya perdido algunos! El agua todavía estaba bastante agitada. Los adoptados de SMC vistos hoy fueron Bigotes, Aqua, Philip, Lenny, Brutus, Paddy Doyle, Lily, Lucille, Deep Dent, Flash, Howie, Gator, Nick, Una, y Doc! Esto era Doc’s primera visita de la temporada, y fue emocionante verlo, ¡aunque sólo pasó brevemente junto a la canoa de investigación!

10 de diciembre de 2020

El recorrido permanece lleno con la arcilla revuelta de un grupo de manatíes activos, pero logramos contar 400 manatíes mientras el personal del parque contó 416. La temperatura del río era de 60° F (15,5° C). Lo último de los adoptados por Save the Manatee Club es que lenny ¡llegó en! Ahora nos toca esperar Esmerejón y Doc. Otros adoptados presentes hoy fueron Moo Shoo, Margarito, Floyd, Brutus, Lily, Rocket, Annie, Flash, Bigotes, Philip, Gator, Paddy Doyle, y filis preñada. ¡Ya hemos identificado 422 manatíes y 57 son crías!

9 de diciembre de 2020:

La temperatura del río era de 59° F (15° C) y se contaron 362 manatíes. Es posible que hubiera más manatíes escondidos en el agua más oscura y turbia, y más adelante en la carrera se daban muchas cabriolas y juegos, lo cual fue entretenido de ver, ¡pero hizo difícil contar e identificar correctamente a los manatíes! Adoptados por SMC Annie, agua preñada, Brutus, Flash, Howie, Paddy Doyle, Philip, Una, Moo Shoo, Lucille, Lily, Gator, Margarito, Bigotes, y filis con ternera estaban dentro. filis ¡Estaba en ebullición! Bruto También estaba muy avanzado en la carrera; por lo general, se queda más cerca del río, pero una vez que se dio cuenta de que estaban haciendo cabriolas, ¡decidió unirse!

8 de diciembre de 2020:
El río había bajado a 52° F (11° C). Todavía estamos lidiando con los manatíes removiendo la arcilla, y un día ventoso que agitaba el agua no ayudó, pero contamos 254. Identificamos a 131 y vimos a los adoptados del Save the Manatee Club. Lucille, Philip, Una, Floyd, Bigotes, Annie, Aqua preñada, Lily, Moo Shoo, Phyllis con pantorrilla, y Gator.

7 de diciembre de 2020:

Creo que hoy había más de 300 manatíes en la carrera, pero tenían tanta arcilla revuelta que no pudimos verlos a todos. Contamos 231 e identificamos a 135, incluidos los adoptados del Save the Manatee Club. Gator, Phillip, Floyd, Una, Howie, Bigotes, Aqua preñada, annie, y Cohete. Abolladura profunda llegó tarde. Todavía estamos esperando para ver Doctor, Lenny, y Esmerejón. Si no lo has oído en otro lado, ¡el manatí que quedó atrapado en la llanta de una bicicleta ha regresado sin su llanta! Ahora lo único que queremos hacer por él es asegurarnos de que las heridas que le causó el neumático hayan sanado. ¡Qué alivio verlo sin la rueda de la bici! He aquí algunas cifras de la temporada: hemos identificado 328 manatíes, 49 de los cuales son crías. Esto no incluye a los muchos jóvenes y adultos que no tienen cicatrices visibles. Tuvimos casi 800 manatíes la temporada pasada, ¡así que nos queda mucho camino por recorrer!

6 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río era de 65,3° F (18,5° C) y se contaron 264 manatíes. Es posible que muchos se hayan escondido en la oscuridad, ya que el personal del parque contó 332. Adoptados Moo Shoo, Annie, Philip, Deep Dent, Lily, Floyd, Aqua, y caimán ¡estaban en! ¡Una hembra de manatí llamada Faye, que fue rescatada el verano pasado por lesiones en embarcaciones y liberada cerca de Blue Spring el 15 de julio de este año, se presentó hoy en el parque! Durante su rehabilitación, los veterinarios y el personal de SeaWorld confirmaron que estaba embarazada mientras estaba recibiendo tratamiento por sus lesiones. ¡Hoy trajo un ternero! Fue reconfortante verlo y también muestra una vez más cuán resistentes son los manatíes.

4 de diciembre de 2020:

La temperatura del río era de 18° C (64,4° F) y una vez más el agua estaba extremadamente agitada. Los manatíes todavía tienen mucha energía ya que es temprano en la temporada, lo que dificulta el conteo y la identificación. ¡Ciertamente no querrás pasar accidentalmente por encima de una que no puedes ver, ya que sube a la superficie para respirar y puede volcar la canoa! Conté 276 manatíes, pero podrían haber más. Adoptados por SMC Annie, Una, Aqua preñada, filis preñada, Howie, Lucille, Paddy Doyle, Gator, Bigotes, Philip, Floyd, y Moo Shoo estuvieron presentes. Esto era Howie's Philip's, Whisker's, y Moo Shoo's primera visita de la temporada! Luego con la cuenta terminada, adoptado Mella ¡apareció! Muchos otros “veteranos” que no son adoptados también aparecieron por primera vez hoy, lo cual siempre es agradable de ver. También es agradable ver que desde Una fue liberada nuevamente en la naturaleza este otoño, no ha encontrado ningún enredo nuevo en el hilo de pescar.

3 de diciembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río era de hasta 65° F (18,5° C). Los manatíes se estaban amontonando. Contamos 272, y había más que no pudimos ver porque los manatíes habían agitado tanto el fondo que la visibilidad en aguas más profundas era terrible. Identificamos 161 manatíes. Los adoptados presentes del Save the Manatee Club fueron filis preñada, Margarito, Deep Dent, Una, Brutus, Lucille, Lily, Aqua preñada, Gator, Flash y floyd. Entonces Paddy Doyle apareció después de que terminó el conteo. Fue tan bueno ver Bruto y Destello ¡en el primer gran día! Vinieron muchos otros viejos amigos que no están en el programa de adopción. Fue bueno ver a algunos de los manatíes con problemas de salud recuperados y sanos. Sobre todo porque tenemos nuevos problemas de salud que se avecinan.

2 de diciembre de 2020:
Save the Manatee Club llevó a cabo ayer una recaudación de fondos Giving Tuesday que fue todo un éxito. Como parte de esto, Cora y yo hicimos una transmisión en vivo desde el parque durante el pase de lista de los manatíes. Mi parte terminó cuando terminó el pase de lista a las 9:00 am. Cora se quedó todo el día. El maravilloso éxito de la colecta de fondos se vio ensombrecido cuando Cora descubrió que un manatí había muerto en la carrera durante el día. Desconocemos la causa de la muerte en este momento. No era un adoptado del Save the Manatee Club. Hoy ha sido mucho más feliz. El río ha bajado a 63° F (17° C) y contamos 114 manatíes. Había más, pero el viento todavía soplaba y las aguas de la pista estaban turbias, así que estoy seguro de que nos perdimos algunos. Se identificaron sesenta y un manatíes. Nosotros vimos Gator, Una, Phyllis con ternera, y LirioLirio estaba en ebullición, ¡algo que no recordamos que haya sucedido antes!

1 de diciembre de 2020:
Hacía tanto frío que dolía con el viento que soplaba. La temperatura del río era de 20° C (68° F) y todavía solo contamos 16 manatíes. Ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club. El viento que agitaba el agua hacía imposible un conteo adecuado. Estoy seguro de que nos perdimos algunos más. Mañana debería ser mucho mejor.

27 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río era de 72° F (22° C). ¡Contamos siete manatíes y el parque contó cinco! Recogimos un par de manatíes nuevos, y uno de ellos parece ser digno de nombre y número. Cuando terminó la cuenta, entró una vaca con una cría grande. La identifiqué como Carrie, a quien llamé como embarazada el 25 de febrero de 2020. ¡A veces lo hago bien! Fue un día escaso pero bueno en cuanto a investigación.

26 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río era de 21° C (69,8° F) y conté 21 manatíes. El personal del parque contó 19, ¡así que estuvimos muy cerca! Ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club: ¡deben estar pasando el Día de Acción de Gracias en el río y sus afluentes, y todavía disfrutando de una gran comida antes del frente frío la próxima semana! Los manatíes que estaban en el parque hoy estaban en su mayoría retozando/jugando y removiendo el fondo, lo que hacía difícil verlos, y mucho menos identificarlos. Tanto JJ como Molly tienen pantorrillas muy pequeñas que al principio estaban escondidas en la oscuridad, pero finalmente los vi a ambos.

24 y 25 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río se mantuvo en 70° F (21° C) el 24 de noviembre. Contamos 17 manatíes y ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club. Identificamos otro manatí sin número y sin nombre de la temporada pasada y remediamos esa situación. El día 25, el río subió un grado a 71° F (21,5° C), por lo que fue una sorpresa que contabilizáramos 32 manatíes en comparación con los 17 del día 24. Ninguno de los manatíes avistados eran adoptados por Save the Manatee Club. Sin embargo, Cora vio annie en la cámara web más tarde en la mañana! Por la tarde nos reunimos con investigadores que hacen otros manantiales, usando Zoom, y tratamos de encontrar manatíes que habían estado en otro manantial la temporada pasada. Encontramos ocho, lo que consideramos un trabajo bastante bueno.

23 de noviembre de 2020:Hoy tengo una temperatura del río de 70° F (21° C). Había 23 manatíes, pero ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club. No publiqué un blog el viernes porque no estaba cerca de una computadora. Cuando terminamos de contar, un manatí joven se acercó para empujar la canoa y rodó lo suficiente como para que pudiéramos ver su parte inferior. Tenía una gran cicatriz blanca que reconocimos del año pasado. Lo llamamos Vientre. ¡Podría entrar cientos de veces y no lo sabríamos a menos que se volcara! El jueves 19 de noviembre contamos 29 manatíes, el viernes contamos 30 y Cora contó 39 el sábado. ¡Eso significa que el 19 de noviembre es el primer día de la temporada de manatíes 2020-21! Le damos tres días para asegurarnos de que no sea sólo un grupo aleatorio como una manada de apareamiento. ¡Ahora todo lo que necesita hacer es mantenerse fresco por un tiempo!

21 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río había subido un poco y estaba en 21,5° C (70,7° F). Conté 39 manatíes. Ninguno de ellos fueron adoptados por Save the Manatee Club, pero sí adoptados. annie apareció poco después de que terminara el conteo. annie Parece grande, por lo que creemos que hay muchas posibilidades de que esté embarazada. annie generalmente da a luz cada dos años en los meses de verano y tuvo crías en 2012, 2014, 2016 y 2018, por lo que esperábamos que pariera este verano, pero no llegó a Blue Spring. ¡Quizás tenga una cría la próxima primavera! Parece que muchos manatíes se dirigían hacia Blue Spring cuando hizo frío a principios de esta semana y recién ahora están llegando. Es agradable ver muchos manatíes conocidos de temporadas anteriores.

19 de noviembre de 2020:El río ha alcanzado una temperatura de 71° F (20,5° C). Vimos 29 manatíes y uno de ellos era Lirio! Dos días más de esto y puedo considerar que comenzó la temporada de manatíes. Es Tarpon City en la temporada de primavera. Tarpon viene para disfrutar del calor de la carrera, así como los manatíes. No había notado ningún sábalo hasta hoy.

18 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río bajó a 72,5° F (22,5° C) y se contaron 14 manatíes. Ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club, pero un par de manatíes eran conocidos de temporadas anteriores. JJ estaba con su pequeña cría, y se vio a la cría amamantando a ella, ¡así que definitivamente es la cría de JJ! Tres manatíes subadultos acompañaban a JJ y su cría, incluido Buckeye, un manatí que había sido liberado en Blue Spring a principios de 2018. Es agradable ver que parece haberse adaptado bien a su vida en la naturaleza y está disfrutando de la compañía de otros manatíes. Dado que la temperatura del río siempre desciende un poco más lentamente que la temperatura del aire, esperamos ver más manatíes a medida que avanza la semana.

17 de noviembre de 2020:
La última temperatura de nuestro río fue de 75° F (24° C). Algunos manatíes han entrado y salido. Mañana esperamos ver alguno. ¡Sería bueno empezar la temporada! En cuanto a la investigación, obtuvimos algunas fotografías de un manatí y una cría. Resultó ser el S114/19 de la temporada pasada. La S significaba que no estaba seguro de si sus cicatrices sanarían como algo que pudiéramos reconocer esta temporada. Ni siquiera sabíamos que era mujer. Es agradable verla de regreso y darle un nombre y un número de Blue Spring. Elegí a S114/19 como un manatí para dibujar al final de la hoja de cicatrices de esta temporada. Esto hizo que fuera más fácil identificarla.

13 de noviembre de 2020:
Hace mucho que no hay blog. La semana ha sido cálida, lluviosa, ventosa y con el huracán/tormenta tropical Eta. El clima fresco no está llegando tan pronto como se había previsto, pero la próxima semana finalmente debería traer algunos manatíes. Aquellos que desafiaron el clima solo han visto un par de manatíes por día.

6 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río alcanzaba los 23° C (73,4° F) y conté nueve manatíes. Ninguno fue adoptado por Save the Manatee Club, pero JJ estaba de regreso con su pequeña cría. El voluntario de Manatee Observer vio a la cría amamantando, así que estoy bastante seguro de que es de JJ. La pareja también estaba acompañada por dos manatíes juveniles. La gente suele preguntar si los juveniles son terneros de años anteriores. Eso es difícil de decir, pero los juveniles tienen una tendencia a juntarse con parejas de vaca y cría y tratar de amamantar de manera oportunista a sus madres, aunque en realidad no lo necesitan. Algunas madres toleran esto más que otras. Los últimos días, Mata Hari estuvo con su cría. La cría debe haber nacido en primavera, ya que la pareja fue vista en el parque muchas veces durante el verano de este año. Más recientemente, la pareja fue vista en el Parque Estatal Wekiva Springs y unas semanas más tarde cerca de Katie's Landing en el Parque Estatal Lower Wekiva River. Estamos felices de que hayan regresado sanos y salvos a Blue Spring. La cría ya tiene una cicatriz en la cola por el impacto de un barco, por lo que deberíamos poder seguirla. El pronóstico para los próximos días parece bastante cálido, por lo que lo más probable es que todos los manatíes regresen al río.

5 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río se mantuvo igual, incluso con el día cálido de ayer, y teníamos 25 manatíes para el conteo. No hubo adoptados hoy. Vi el manatí más pequeño que jamás haya visto con una aleta enredada. Vimos una hembra llamada JJ sin cría y luego el resto del conteo vimos a JJ con una pequeña cría siguiéndola a todas partes. Nos gustaría verlo amamantar para estar seguros de que es de JJ.

4 de noviembre de 2020:
La temperatura del río ha seguido bajando a 70° F (21° C). Hoy había 18 manatíes. annie estaba sin ternero. Ella fue directa al hervor. Otro manatí, EC023, estaba allí. EC significa costa este. Por su bajo número se puede ver que ha existido por un tiempo. Lo vimos por primera vez la temporada pasada. Lo llamé Pascal y le di un número de Blue Spring, BS1120. Pascal casi no tiene cola y su lado derecho está casi blanco por todas las grandes cicatrices que lleva. Todavía se prevé que haga más calor, así que ya veremos.

3 de noviembre de 2020:
El río ha bajado a 72° F (24° C) y contamos 10 manatíes para el pase de lista. No había adoptados, pero uno de nuestros lanzamientos problemáticos estaba disponible y se veía muy bien. Su nombre es Buckeye y después de su primera liberación tuvo que ser recapturado para recibir un entrenamiento de recuperación antes de ser liberado nuevamente. Sabíamos que estaba bien en marzo pasado, pero es bueno verlo. Cora me acaba de enviar fotografías que muestran cicatrices que no pudimos ver desde la canoa en un manatí que pensábamos que no tenía cicatrices. Es Cloe. Identificamos a ocho de los 11 manatíes que vimos. Un manatí llegó tarde para alcanzar el total de 11, pero el recuento oficial se mantiene en 10. Ahora hará más calor nuevamente.

2 de noviembre de 2020:
El clima ha sido más fresco, en los 80 en lugar de los 90, así que decidimos pasar lista hoy. Ayer hizo mucho más calor de lo previsto originalmente, pero sentir que un ensayo para la nueva temporada sería bueno, perseveramos a pesar de que los vientos eran un poco fuertes. Al llegar al parque, a Cora, directora de multimedia y asociada de investigación de manatíes del Save the Manatee Club, y a mí nos informaron por primera vez que floyd ¡Fue avistado ayer por los observadores de manatíes! Ayer se vieron varios otros manatíes en la carrera, captados por la cámara web, que está casi lista para el horario de máxima audiencia. Encontramos que la temperatura del río era de 75° F (24° C). Luchamos contra el viento por el camino vacío hasta que llegamos casi al manantial donde encontramos dos manatíes. Eran Melocotones, hijo de Georgiay Mel, pero no adoptados. Con la canoa casi en la playa para ser guardada, encontramos a O'Neil. Fue puesto en libertad el año pasado. Mañana intentaremos volver a pasar lista porque el día será fresco.


Wayne Hartley es especialista en manatíes para Save the Manatee Club. Antes de unirse al Club, fue guardaparques y luego especialista en servicios de parques en el Servicio de Parques de Florida. Wayne se desempeñó durante más de tres décadas como investigador principal de la investigación sobre manatíes realizada en el Parque Estatal Blue Spring.

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