Homosassa Springs Manatees

ARIEL was just two weeks old when she was rescued with her mom Amanda. She is a regular at the manatee education programs, lifting her head out of the water to "smile" at the visitors.

BETSY was named after Betsy Dearth, who was a ranger at the park. Betsy the manatee is very friendly and curious and is quick to investigate anything new. Ranger Dearth called her, "the inspector."
Update: Temporary new home for Betsy.

Electra the manatee

ELECTRA was rescued in 1998 after suffering trauma from a boat strike and entanglement in a crab trap. She is the smallest manatee living at the park, and she is also the youngest. But in spite of her size, park staff say that Electra is spunky and likes to follow her own path.
LORELEI has been living at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park since 1994. She is very gentle and is often seen resting with the other manatees. However, she also likes to "work out" on occasion -- swimming from one end of the spring to the other.

Rosie the manatee

ROSIE (MEMORIAL ADOPTION) a favorite Homosassa manatee who passed away in 2015. Rosie was known for being gentle, kind, and maternal. Affectionately called “the matriarch,” by the park staff, she served as a surrogate mother to many orphaned or injured manatees who recuperated at the park.

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