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ANNIE was rescued as an orphaned calf and was released in 2008. She is not shy and is quite popular with park visitors. Annie has been known to visit Blue Spring State Park in the winter.

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Aqua the manatee

AQUA was first sighted at Blue Spring in December 2011 and has been a regular winter visitor since that time. She is identified by the scars on her left shoulder and has had two known calves.

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Brutus the manatee

BRUTUS is one of Blue Spring's largest manatees. He weighs in at almost 1,800 pounds and has been a regular winter visitor since 1970.

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Deep Dent the manatee

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 the manatee

DOC has returned to Blue Spring State Park every winter since 1976. He is an adult male, nearly 10 feet in length. Doc is one of the few manatees frequently spotted in the spring in the summer.

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Elaine the manatee ELAINE became Blue Spring State Park's third female to calve at the age of five, during the 1990-1991 season. She has been known to get into her fair share of mischief!

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Flash the manatee

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.

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Floyd the manatee

FLOYD was born in the summer of 1978 and  has spent every winter at Blue Spring State Park since birth. He is a "ham," often seen in films and magazines.

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Gator the manatee

GATOR was first identified in 2011 at Blue Spring State Park. He has been spotted on the webcam chasing and playing with an alligator at the park. That's how he got his name!

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Georgia the manatee

GEORGIA (MEMORIAL ADOPTION) was a favorite Blue Spring State Park manatee who passed away in 2015. She was a wonderful and caring mother for her own calves and also for orphans in need of care.

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Howie the manatee

HOWIE is a sleek, large (1,350-pound) male, known to winter at Blue Spring State Park since 1971. One of Howie's favorite activities is to tip the research canoe -- complete with researchers in it!

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Lenny the manatee

LENNY was born to Luna in 1978 and continues to winter at Blue Spring State Park each year. Lenny is the resident "couch potato" manatee, preferring rest to all other activities.

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Lily the manatee

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 at least ten calves.

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Lucille the manatee

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

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Margarito the manatee

MARGARITO is the son of Lily, another Blue Spring manatee. She brought him to Blue Spring State Park on November 24, 1984, and he has returned every winter since that time. He can be identified by a number of scars from boat hits and a missing right flipper.

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Merlin the manatee

MERLIN has been noted at Blue Spring State Park since 1970, when attendance records first began. His nickname is "Tail-End Charlie" as he often arrives late each year. An adult male, Merlin is over 10 feet in length.

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Nick the manatee

NICK is a small adult male who was first identified in 1977 at Blue Spring State Park . His movements have been tracked by radio telemetry, producing information on behavior such as going north, rather than south, in midwinter -- hence his nickname, "Crazy Nick."

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Paddy Doyle the manatee

PADDY DOYLE was named by researchers after the famous "fighting Irishman." He bears the distinction of being one of the fiestiest manatees in the Blue Spring State Park area.

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Philip the manatee

PHILIP was born in the summer of 1982. As a youngster, Philip was one of the most playful manatees at Blue Spring State Park. He also seems to love canoes and follows the research canoe everywhere!

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Phyllis the manatee

PHYLLIS is thought to have been born in 1985. 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 Blue Spring State Park.

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Robin the manatee

ROBIN is a young male, born to Wonder Woman in April of 1980. Robin winters at Blue Spring State Park and is one of the few manatees who has a recorded birth date because his mother was being monitored by researchers when he was born.

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Rocket the manatee

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.

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Squeaky the manatee

SQUEAKY was born at Blue Spring on June 13, 2011. She is the youngest manatee in the adoption program. Please note that Squeaky is currently unavailable for new membership adoptions. Squeaky hasnít been seen at Blue Spring State Park since 2013. Unlike most manatees, Squeaky did not have significant scars when she joined the adoption program, which makes it difficult to identify her and report on her activity. Current adoptive parents of Squeaky may continue to renew her adoption or may choose a new manatee when they renew their membership. We will keep watching for Squeaky and provide any updates in the Manatee Zone membership newsletter and at our Blue Spring Webcams page at http://ManaTV.org.

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Whiskers the manatee WHISKERS is a male manatee who frequents Blue Spring State Park in the winter. He 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.

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