BAMA made history in September 2009 when she became the first manatee ever captured and tagged in Alabama waters by Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network. Now a local attraction in Mobile Bay in the spring and summer, Bama regularly migrates from Alabama to warm water refuge sites in Wakulla Springs and Crystal River, Florida.
A portion of the proceeds from adoptions of Bama will be used to help fund Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s manatee education and outreach efforts in Alabama.
"On behalf of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network, I want to thank Save the Manatee Club for ongoing support of our manatee education and outreach program. With Save the Manatee Club’s help, we have distributed more than 250 manatee awareness signs in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. We also are very pleased with the success of the manatee adoption program for Alabama. We could not have raised these funds or raised awareness as effectively without Save the Manatee Club's help."
--Ruth H. Carmichael, Senior Marine Scientist/Associate Professor of Marine Sciences
Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network/University of South Alabama
Tag along as we visit Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network and learn more about Save the Manatee Club’s collaboration with them.
Free Public Awareness Sign for Shoreline Property Owners in Alabama
The sign, which is aluminum and 24? x 18? in size, reads, “Slow Please — Report Manatees: 1-866-493-5803.” It is designed to alert boaters to the presence of manatees in the waterways. Alabama shoreline property owners can post one on their dock to let boaters know that manatees might be in the area. To request a sign, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.