Meet A Manatee: Robin

He is often “fashionably late” for manatee season.

Date: August 23, 2021

Robin the manatee
Robin is one of the few manatees born in the wild with a known birth date.

Robin was born to a manatee named Wonder Woman on April 15, 1980. He stayed with his mother for two years, and he even continued to spend a great deal of time in her company after he was weaned (no longer nursing). At the time of his birth, Wonder Woman was being monitored in a radio-tracking program. That is why Robin is one of the few manatees born in the wild with a known birth date.

Robin has a noticeable scar on his back, which is a deep gash he received from a boat hit when he was only three years old. Like most manatees in the wild, Robin bears a number of scars from boat strikes. He has even been given the nickname of “Rag Tail.” Though Robin’s wounds have healed, these scars will always remain. Despite his past injuries, Robin remains a playful and active manatee, and he visits the spring regularly to enjoy the warm water during cold months. Robin paces, swimming up and down and watching the activities. He seldom sleeps while in the spring run.

Robin the manatee
Robin seems very social and is often seen in the company of other manatees.

Manatee season is officially November through March, but Robin is often “fashionably late” and arrives in December. He likes to travel, rest, and play with other manatees. As a rule, manatees are semi-social, somewhat solitary animals. But Robin seems more social than semi-social, and he is often seen in the company of fellow Save the Manatee Club adoptees Phyllis, Floyd, Philip, Merlin, Brutus, and Lily. However, Robin is not a follower. One day, a group of manatees in the spring was startled by a loud noise, and they all headed downstream quickly toward the river. In the middle of them, undaunted, was Robin – working his way back upstream!

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

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

See underwater video taken in February 2013 by Wayne Hartley, Save the Manatee Club’s Manatee Specialist, at Blue Spring State Park. The video features Robin (at the background at the start and later with the USGS researcher) and Gator, a Blue Spring manatee who is easily recognized by the significant scars on his back. In addition, Wayne captures manatee research being done by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project.