Manatee Web Cams!

video camera Manatees need warm water to survive. In spite of their size, they have relatively little body fat, and their metabolic rate is low compared to other marine mammals. Water temperatures below 21° C (70° F) usually cause manatees to move into warm water refuge areas such as natural springs or at warm water effluents of power plants.

There are lots of places to see manatees in the winter. But if you don’t live in Florida or can’t make it to a manatee viewing area on a chilly day, you can still observe them by going to several live manatee cams on the Internet. Just click on the manatee cam links or photos below to view.

Remember, manatees will gather at warm water areas in the winter when the weather is cold in Florida.

Manatees at the Blue Spring Manatee Cam

Save the Manatee Club
Manatee Webcams at Blue Spring State Park

Orange City, Florida

One of the most educational and uplifting things we undertook in 2011 was the installation of Save the Manatee Club's webcams at Blue Spring State Park. It is amazing to watch endangered manatees, including mother and calf pairs, playing in the spring run. Read the latest manatee reports from Wayne Hartley, our Manatee Specialist and former Park Ranger and Principal Investigator for manatee research conducted at Blue Spring State Park, and see other manatee videos from the Blue Spring webcams.

FPL Manatee Cam

Florida Power and Light Co.
Manatee Web Cam
Riviera Beach, Florida

See manatees gathered at the warm water effluent of the power plant during winter months. Click on the blue “See the Manatees live” link to view manatees. You can also see video of manatees gathered at the Rivieria Beach power plant or a Manatee Cam gallery of stills.

Manatee Cam at Tampa Electric Company

Tampa Electric Company
Manatee Viewing Center Web Cam
Apollo Beach, Florida

Manatees gather at the warm water discharge canal of Tampa Electric Company’s Big Bend power station in Apollo Beach. The Manatee Center has manatee observation platforms and features a tidal walkway where visitors can view manatees in the winter.

Go to Manatee Viewing Center Web cams on the page and select the link for “Web Cam East” or “Web Cam West” under the graphic and then scroll down the page for instructions on using the web cam. (Hint: Web Cam East seems to have the best manatee views.)

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