Meet A Manatee: Lenny

He seems to prefer rest to all other activities

Date: August 23, 2021

Lenny the manatee
Lenny has earned the reputation of being a “sleepy head.”

Lenny was born to Luna, who was a Save the Manatee Club (SMC) adoptee until her death from unknown causes in 1997. During Luna’s life, she never missed a winter season at Blue Spring, and Lenny is also a faithful visitor, having spent many winters at the park since he was born. Like other manatee calves, Lenny was dependent on Luna for the first two years of his life. He relied on her to teach him how to find food and fresh water to drink and where to go when the weather gets cold. Luna taught Lenny to travel to Blue Spring in the winter, and he has continued that tradition, generally showing up at the park each year in November and staying until February. Lenny has earned the reputation of being a “sleepy head,” preferring rest to all other activities.

Lenny was small as a calf, and he is still slightly smaller than some other male manatees. Though he likes to lead a quiet life, Lenny has suffered quite a number of boat hits. He has many distinctive scars, particularly on his tail, which is graphic evidence of the damage that boats can do to manatees. Lenny also has a wedge-shaped scar on his left flank and three large deep cuts on the left side of his body, just behind his shoulder.

Lenny the manatee
Some of the scars that researchers use to identify Lenny.

In the early morning during the winter at Blue Spring, researchers go out in a canoe to count and identify the manatees. During these mornings, Lenny can usually can be found snoozing. He does occasionally show a social streak, though, and he seems to enjoy the company of the other manatees.

Lenny 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 Lenny, go to Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

And be sure to watch for Lenny and other manatees on the Blue Spring webcams at ManaTV.org and read updates from our researchers.

Watch video of Lenny at Blue Spring State Park.