Meet A Manatee: Aqua

Identified by her obvious scars, she has had four calves

April 3, 2018

Aqua the manatee.
Aqua is identified by the large white scar next to the three smaller scars on her left shoulder.

Aqua is a female manatee and a winter visitor at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida. She was first given a Blue Spring identification on December 30, 2011. At that time, she was a medium-sized manatee estimated at five years old and had a complex but very faint scar pattern on her right rear flank. Since that time, she has received three propeller cuts over her left shoulder and a new, large, white scar next to the three propeller scars. That is chiefly how she is identified by manatee researchers. Aqua has had four calves: one in 2013 named Teal, another in 2015 named Fabio, and two un-named ones in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Aqua is available for adoption, and 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. For more information about adopting Aqua, go to Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

And be sure to watch for Aqua and other manatees on the Blue Spring webcams at and read updates from Manatee Specialist Wayne Hartley.

Watch video footage of Aqua and her calves at Blue Spring State Park.