Meet A Manatee: Doc

He has been visiting Blue Spring State Park in the winter since 1976

Updated September 15, 2022

A view from above of Doc the manatee.
Doc the manatee in Blue Spring State Park. He usually makes several visits to the park in the winter.

Doc first chose to make Blue Spring State Park his winter home in 1976. Since that time, he has returned every year except for the 2006–2007 season to spend the cold months enjoying the warm spring water.

Doc is nearly 10 feet in length, which is average for an adult manatee. He weighs somewhere between 800 and 1,200 pounds, which is also the average weight for a manatee. He can easily be identified by the distinctive white scars on his back and sides and a notch in the left side of his tail.

Doc frequently stays in the park area right up to the very end of the winter season. Sometimes he even stops by in the summer. His fondness for Blue Spring is evident in that he has been the attendance champion for several years, and one season he even put in 43 appearances! During the summer, Doc may wander far and wide or choose to stay near Blue Spring. One summer, he was spotted in Lake Dexter, which is accessible from the St. Johns River. It is relatively close to Blue Spring and DeLeon Springs State Park, where Doc has also been known to make an appearance during the winter.

During manatee season, check our Blue Spring webcams for updates on the latest news on Doc and other Blue Spring manatees.

You can adopt Doc or other manatees!
Each person who adopts her 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.
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For more information, visit the Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).