Alabama Manatees

Photo courtesy DISL. 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 has migrated from Alabama to Crystal River, Florida each winter.


 

Photo courtesy DISL.
ZEWIE was always sighted in Crystal River, Florida until he was seen in Alabama’s Mobile-Tenesaw Delta in June of 2009. A gregarious and inquisitive individual, Zewie became the fourth manatee captured and tagged by Dauphin Island Sea Lab.


A portion of the proceeds from adoptions of Bama and Zewie will be used to help fund Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s outreach and stranding response 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 research and outreach program. The recent purchase of manatee habitat signage for our region helped meet a long-time goal of ours to increase awareness and improve reporting in our region. We have distributed more than 80 signs in Mississippi and Alabama since July. 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 Carmichael, Senior Marine Scientist
Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network

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