Latest Manatee Update:
May 28, 2015
It appears we had 481 individual manatees come in during the season, which ran from November 2, 2014, to April 1, 2015. As for the adoptees, 18 of our 22 manatees came in, and three of those that showed up did not count as staying the winter. Elaine and Squeaky did not visit Blue Spring this winter, and Merlin stayed at Silver Glen. Merlin did not come to Blue Spring, but he is an old experienced manatee and should be fine. Georgia was at Sea World where she died on April 22nd from complications of pregnancy at the age of 24. She will be so missed.
Brutus and Flash came and left early after two visits in a three day period. No winter stay for those boys. Rocket came late, but in the 25 days he was around in February, he was seen 10 times. Rocket was the only manatee to get two boat strikes this season, but he was doing fine despite the injuries.
The attendance champ among those who spent the winter was Phyllis with 33 appearances. Annie, who was caring for a calf, was in 29 times for second place. Annie might have beat Phyllis out, but she and her calf went to Lowry Park Zoo on February 4th because both mom and calf displayed signs of malnutrition. Phyllis did not have a calf, but she was pregnant and came back to give birth in the spring head on April 30th. Tied with Annie for second place was Philip, who is also the male attendance champion. Lily, even with no calves on the horizon, was here 26 times. Floyd and Robin surprised me by having 23 and 22 visits respectively. I did not realize how often those two boys were in. Paddy Doyle and Doc were around 21 times. Deep Dent made 20 roll calls, which is very high for him. Sometimes Deep Dent seems a bit anti-social. Nick, another old timer, came by 18 days. Whiskers was all over the run on 16 different occasions. Howie and Lucille were in for 15 visits. Lucy use to vie for the championship -- maybe next year. However, I have noticed in one of the season photos that Lucy is pregnant! Lenny quietly appeared 11 times, and finally there was Margarito with 10 visits. Margarito went somewhere during the winter and got a terrible boat hit to his tail and then must have stayed some place comfortable as he was healed when he came to the park. -- Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist