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Manatee Annie swimming past the screen with her small calf just behind her.


Annie was rescued as an orphaned calf and released in 2008. Not a shy manatee, she is quite popular with Blue Spring State Park visitors.



Aqua was first sighted at the park in 2011 and has been a regular winter visitor since. Identified by scars on her left shoulder, she has had five known calves.



Ariel was just two weeks old when she was rescued with her mom, Amanda. She lifts her head out of the water to “smile” at manatee education program visitors.



Bama made history in 2009 as the first manatee captured and tagged in Alabama waters. Bama typically migrates from Alabama to Florida’s west coast each winter.



Nicknamed by her namesake as “The Inspector,” Betsy the manatee is very friendly and curious, and she is quick to investigate anything new.



Brutus is one of Blue Spring’s largest manatees. He weighs in at almost 1,900 pounds and has been a regular winter visitor since 1970.



In 1994, Chessie the manatee was a Chesapeake Bay sensation, rescued after straying north and refusing to return south for the winter.

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Deep Dent

Deep Dent is a medium-sized male who first showed up at Blue Spring State Park in 1979. He has a deep, “dent-like,” propeller wound on his tail.

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Doc has returned to Blue Spring State Park nearly every winter since 1976, and he’s one of the few manatees frequently spotted in the spring in the summer.



Rescued in 1998, park staff said that Electra was spunky and liked to follow her own path despite her injuries. She passed away in August 2020.

TB77 Elsie 3 600


Elsie was first documented in 1983 as part of a photo identification program. She has 2 known calves and once traveled 111 miles in 23 days.

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Flash is a large male manatee first identified in 1977 at Blue Spring State Park. He is shy of human contact and will take off in a “flash” when disturbed.

TB108 Flicker 8 600


Flicker is an adult female first documented in 1983 in Ft. Myers. She has a series of small propeller scars that remind researchers of flickering flames.

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Floyd was born in the summer of 1978. He is easily identified by the park’s rangers because of an old injury that left him with only half a tail.

BS681 Gator 5 600


Gator was first identified in 2011 at Blue Spring State Park. He was seen on the webcam chasing and playing with an alligator at the park, earning him his name!



Georgia was a favorite at Blue Spring State Park who passed away in 2015. She was a wonderful, caring mother for her own calves and also for orphans in need.

FM244 Ginger 3 600


Ginger frequents the west coast of Florida, typically just to the south of Tampa Bay. Ginger has had two known calves, one of whom is named Ale!

BS14 Howie 2 600


Howie is a male manatee who has wintered at Blue Spring since 1971. In a mischievous incident, he tipped the research canoe—complete with researchers in it!

Fwc Illusion 12 21 2018 600


Illusion was rescued in March 2010 after a terrible boat strike. After being released, she is often seen along the east coast of south Florida.



Ilya famously traveled to Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2009. He passed away in July 2018 in the Florida Keys due to fatal injuries from a watercraft collision.

SB22 Jemp 4 600


Jemp was rescued in 1995 after being exposed to red tide and released later that year. Jemp travels in a wide range along Florida’s west coast.

BS25 Lenny 3 600


Lenny was born to Luna in 1978 and winters at Blue Spring State Park each year. Lenny is the resident “couch potato,” preferring rest to all other activities.



After suffering a boat hit in 2015, Lesley needed several surgeries and nearly three years in rehabilitation to recover. She passed away in February 2023.

Lily By Wayne Hartley


Lily is one of the few adult females to regularly winter at the Blue Spring State Park. She has returned each year since 1974 and has had at least 11 calves.



Lorelei was the first manatee born and raised under human care in Florida. Lorelei passed away peacefully on April 23, 2018.

BS37 Lucille 5 600


Lucille regularly winters at Blue Spring State Park. She was born in 1980, had her first calf at an early age, and became a grandmother in 1993.

BS71 Margarito 3 600


Margarito is the son of Lily, who brought him to Blue Spring State Park on November 24, 1984. He has returned every winter since.

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Noted at Blue Spring State Park since attendance records first began in 1970, Merlin earned the nickname “Tail-End Charlie,” as he often arrives late each year.

BS133 Millie 8 600


First identified in 1980, Millie is one of the largest manatees ever recorded. She is a traveler with a long sighting history along Florida’s southeast coast.

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Moo Shoo

Moo Shoo is a female manatee first identified in 2010, Moo Shoo loves to nudge the research canoe and has had four calves.

BS01 Nick 9 600


First identified in 1977, Nick is a small adult male who earned the nickname “Crazy Nick” after he was recorded going north rather than south in midwinter.

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Paddy Doyle

Paddy Doyle was named by researchers after the famous “fighting Irishman,” as he bears the distinction of being one of the feistiest manatees at the park.

BS53 Philip 5 600


Born in the summer of 1982, Philip was one of the most playful manatees as a youngster. He also seems to love canoes and follows the research canoe everywhere!

BS107 Phyllis 1 600


In 1991, Phyllis gave birth to twins—a rare event for manatees. She is now the mother of several calves and a regular winter visitor to the park.

BS443 Rocket 4 600


Rocket is a male manatee, rescued as a tiny orphan in 2006. He was released with Annie at Blue Spring State Park, and they stayed together for over a year.



Affectionately called “The Matriarch” by the park staff, Rosie acted as a surrogate mother to many injured and orphaned manatees. She passed away in 2015.



Success got her name because she was Sweetgums’ first “successful” calf. Success was last seen February 24, 2000, and likely passed away sometime that year.

BS447 Una 7 600


Rescued in 2003 as an orphan, Una faced additional challenges with fishing line entanglement. Following treatment, she is once again doing well in the wild.

TB26 Vector 5 600


Vector is a traveling man(atee) and has been tracked in Florida as far north as the Suwannee River and as far south as the Peace River.

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Whiskers is the son of Dana, a former Blue Spring adoptee. She introduced him to Blue Spring in 1996, and he has been visiting the park ever since that time.

FM373 Zelda 4 600


Zelda has been sighted in recent years in the Florida Keys. She was given her name because the scar on her back reminded researchers of the letter “Z.”