Latest Manatee Update:
February 16 - 19, 2017
While I was gone for four days, the following is what happened, thanks to our Multimedia Specialist Cora Berchem. On Thursday, a manatee we have wanted to help for two seasons, Lola, was captured by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with assistance from the Florida Park Service and Save the Manatee Club. Lola has been transported to Miami Seaquarium for treatment. She has a terrible lung problem that affects her buoyancy and overall health. On Thursday, the park staff counted 45 manatees, but Cora’s count stopped when she came across Lola. The overnight temperatures dropped to 35° F (1.5° C) and on February 19th the park staff counted 146 manatees for the morning. Over these last four days, Cora saw Howie, Nick, Lily, Philip, Lucille, Annie and calf, Aqua, Phyllis, Doc, Lenny, and Paddy Doyle. Another manatee of concern named Swale shot out of the run as the capture of Lola got underway. He may also have problems, so we will be keeping an eye out for and on him. -- Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist.
Please call Blue Spring State Park before you visit to get the latest manatee count at the park: 386-775-3663.