Once you see Brutus, you aren’t likely to forget him. He is what you would call “one big dude,” topping out at nearly 1,900 pounds the last time he was weighed. One of the largest manatees at Blue Spring State Park, Brutus has been a winter visitor to the park since 1970, when he was first identified.
During the winter season, Brutus regularly puts in a number of appearances at Blue Spring. He often likes to be off on his own, snoozing late on the east side of the spring run while all the other manatees are gathered on the west side.
Brutus is available for adoption, and each person who adopts him will receive a full-color photo, biography, and adoption certificate, as well as a membership handbook and subscription to The Manatee Zone, a newsletter featuring updates on the adopted manatees when they are sighted, and Paddle Tales, Save the Manatee Club’s bi-monthly eNewsletter. For more information about adopting Brutus, go to Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
And be sure to watch for Brutus and other manatees on the Blue Spring webcams at ManaTV.org and read updates from Manatee Specialist Wayne Hartley.
Watch a compilation of video of Brutus from recent years at Blue Spring State Park. You’ll notice he has new scars at about 1:08 in the video. Unfortunately, he suffered a new boat hit during the 2017 – 2018 manatee season. (Video ©Save the Manatee Club)