About the Blue Spring Manatees
Where are the Blue Spring manatees? While both cameras are live for manatee season (roughly November through March), the manatees on the Blue Spring webcams are wild. When the temperatures are warmer, manatees may venture freely in and out of the spring and return when it gets colder. At night or when the cameras are not working, the feed will switch to a highlights reel. Any people seen in the videos are researchers or other individuals with special permission.
Support for the Manatee Webcams at Blue Spring State Park was made possible by a donation to Save the Manatee Club as a memorial gift in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Norton, a Florida resident who cared deeply for manatees.
The river was 62.4°F (16.9°C). That is cold but some warmer air temps are on the way. We counted 438 manatees, but I am sure it was an overcount due to high winds. The park counted 376 manatees. We could only ID Save the Manatee Club adoptees Howie, Brutus, Paddy Doyle, Gator, Annie, Doc, and Aqua. I might have felt it was a bad day to go out, but we also saw an orphan we are keeping an eye on and got another film clip of a manatee and an alligator co-existing. They were napping, manatee nose to alligator tail.Read more updates from the season!
About the Homosassa Springs Manatees
During the warmer months (April–November), the underwater gates at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park are closed as the wild manatees have ventured out. Permanent residents Ariel and Betsy, along with manatees who are undergoing rehabilitation, can be seen on the webcams during this time as they freely roam the spring. Since they are permanent residents or rehabilitating manatees in human care, they are fed lettuce and vegetables several times a day. Please remember that it is illegal to feed wild manatees.
Meet the Girls of Homosassa!
About the Silver Springs Manatees
This camera shows a section of Silver Springs, located near Ocala in Marion County, FL. Silver Springs is the largest artesian springs complex in the world and was a famous attraction that was especially popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It is now a Florida State Park.
Manatees roam the Silver River year-round to forage, socialize, and travel, and oftentimes visit Silver Springs State Park. Manatees reach Silver Springs by traveling from the St. Johns River through the Buckman Lock, the Ocklawaha River, and the Silver River. Manatees seek out the springs during the winter months for the warm water; the spring remains a constant 72 degrees, making it a vital warm-water source for manatees. A healthy spring run or adjacent river will contain the necessary vegetation for them to eat. In addition to manatees, occasionally alligators, turtles, and a variety of fish and birds can be seen on the cameras.
Special Thanks to Our Partners
Blue Spring State Park, Park Manager Dustin Allen
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Park Manager Larry Steed
Silver Springs State Park
Guest Services, Inc. at Blue Spring State Park