Electra

Rescued after a boat strike, she is known as a spunky manatee.

Date: October 10, 2019

Electra the manatee
Park staff say Electra has a bit of a stubborn streak and likes to follow her own path.

Electra is a female manatee who was rescued in 1998 near Titusville on Florida’s Atlantic coast. She had suffered trauma because of a boat strike and had scar tissue on both flippers due to entanglement in a crab trap. She also had fishing line wrapped around her right flipper. She was brought to Sea World in Orlando where she underwent medical treatment. At the time, she was estimated to be five years old. Electra had spinal injuries from the boat strike, which caused some buoyancy issues.

The decision was made to place Electra with the manatees at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park so wildlife care staff could supervise her progress. When Electra first arrived at the park, she bonded with Rosie, another Save the Manatee Club adoptee. Rosie would swim below Electra and guide her to the water’s surface to breathe until Electra could do this on her own. Sadly, Rosie recently passed away in December 2015 of natural causes due to her advanced age. But Electra still lives with Betsy and Ariel, two other manatees at the park.

Electra and Rosie the manatees.
When Electra first arrived at the park, she bonded with Rosie, another Save the Manatee Club adoptee. Here they are together as Rosie (at left) nuzzles Electra’s head.

When she was first rescued, Electra weighed 765 pounds, but she now weighs about 2,000 pounds! Even with the weight gain, Electra is the smallest of the three manatees at the park, and she is also the youngest. Despite her size, however, she is described by park staff as being “spunky.” They also say she has a bit of a stubborn streak and likes to follow her own path. Electra is usually the last manatee to show for a meal because she is off doing her own thing.

Electra is an ambassador for all manatees, and when you adopt her, you are helping all manatees to survive. Each person who adopts Electra 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 e-newsletter. For more information about adopting Electra, go to our Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
 

Watch video of Electra the manatee as she feeds, surfaces to breathe, and swims throughout the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Plus, some cute closeups!