Manatee Sightings

You can also watch manatees on the web cams at ManaTV.org.

Now this is something we don't see every day in the summer time! On June 20th, manatee "Ann" made a summer visit to Blue Spring State Park with a new calf. At the same time, Ann's daughter "Amber" was in with her calf, so there was a three-generation manatee family together at Blue Spring. The event was recorded on the Blue Spring webcams. We are able to recognize the individual manatees by their scar patterns and have tracked Ann since 1996 and Amber since 2000. (Video © Save the Manatee Club, Music © Steve Gruskin)

 
Bama the manatee

In June, Bama was spotted at Rabbit Creek in Alabama. Bama regularly migrates from Alabama to warm water refuge sites in Wakulla Springs and Crystal River, Florida. Learn more about our Alabama manatee adoption program and public awareness signs available for Alabama residents.

 

Manatee Dix brought her new calf to Blue Spring State Park on July 17, 2017. The summer visit was captured on Save the Manatee Club's manatee webcams. Watch more at ManaTV.org.

 

Exciting news! Adoptee Lucille was spotted on July 8th with a new calf making a short summer visit to Blue Spring State Park. The video was recorded with our above water webcams. You can adopt Lucille and other manatees at savethemanatee.org/adopt. (Video © Save the Manatee Club)

 
Rocket the manatee

A new photo of Rocket from the 2016 - 2017 season at Blue Spring State Park. He made several visits to the park last winter and left for the summer on February 6th.

 

On May 22nd, we had another unusual summer visit to Blue Spring State Park. A total of 15 manatees swam through the spring run and were captured on the webcams. In the summer months, manatees are less likely to gather at warm water refuges like Blue Spring. They are more widely distributed and travel freely around Florida's rivers and coastal areas. Manatees are also semi-social, somewhat solitary animals. They sometimes gather in small, informal groups, but they have no leader or real herd structure. The manatees in this group were likely part of a mating herd, and included Blue Spring regulars Peaches (son of former adoptee Georgia) and Rollo. (Video ©Save the Manatee Club)

 
David Schriche manatee photo

Over on the west coast of Florida, photographer David Schrichte captured some picturesque shots of manatees.

 
David Schrichte manatee photo

You can find other photos by David at his ManateePics.com web site.

 
David Schrichte manatee photo

Another nice photo from 2017. Check out the beautiful David Schrichte manatee photo, which graces the cover of the 2018 Save the Manatee Club wall calendar (on sale through August for 20% off).

 

Watch some great underwater footage of manatees cavorting. This was captured on the Blue Spring Webcams in November of 2016. Cavorting usually involves two to 10 manatees and is very tactile in nature. The hair on a manatee’s body is tactile hair, which, on most mammals, is the specialized type of hair that is only found around the face as whiskers. It is believed that manatees use the estimated 3,000 tactile hairs on their bodies to detect other animals, water currents, and the layout of their habitat. The approximate 2,000 tactile hairs on their face can be used to investigate and grasp food. (Video © Save the Manatee Club)

 
Paddy Doyle the manatee

Paddy Doyle made several visits to Blue Spring this winter and left for the summer on March 20th.

 

More mom and calf video, as caught on the Blue Spring Webcams. This was taken in November of 2016 and shows manatee "JJ" and her calf, as well as other manatees gathered in the spring run. (Video © Save the Manatee Club)

 

 
Lenny the manatee

Here's a closeup of Lenny's sweet mug, taken during the 2016 - 2017 season on January 25, 2017. He made several visits and left for the season on March 19th.

 

Watch two manatees as they leisurely explore and chew on a fallen tree at Blue Spring State Park on a summer visit in June 2017. It is possible that the tree had some algae on it that the manatees were eating. It is also possible the manatees just liked the way it felt. Manatees are more sensitive in their facial area than some animals, so they are more orally fixated. Either way, the manatees were not actually eating the tree or the bark. Although manatees are herbivores and only eat plant vegetation, they do not have the proper teeth arrangement to eat bark. They only have large molars in the back of their mouth, and they would need teeth in the front of their mouth in order to actually scrape off any bark from a tree. (Video © Save the Manatee Club)

 
Annie the manatee

A photo of Annie from the 2016 - 2017 season, taken on December 19th. She was accompanied this season by her calf born in the spring run in August. They left for the season on March 20th, and we hope to see them back at Blue Spring this winter!

 


Rachel Arnow's Man Versus Manatee Comic

"Paralysis" from the charming web comic "Man versus Manatee" by Rachel Arnow. See more of Rachel's manatee comics at mvsm.omnomzom.com or on Facebook. She puts out a new comic each "Manatee Monday."






 

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