Meet A Manatee: Aqua

Identified by her obvious scars, she has had four calves

Updated September 15, 2022

A side view of Aqua, a female manatee. She has several white scars on her back.
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 medium-sized and estimated at five years old. She also had a complex but faint scar pattern on her right flank. In summer 2013, she has received three propeller cuts over her left shoulder. Later that year, she acquired an adjacent large, white scar and manatee researchers were not initially able to identify her. Now, those scars are chiefly how manatee researchers identify Aqua.

Aqua has had four calves: one in 2013 named Teal, another in 2015 named Fabio, and two unnamed in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

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

You can adopt AQUA or other manatees!
Each person who adopts her will receive a biography, adoption certificate, and membership handbook. They will also receive a subscription to The Manatee Zone, a newsletter featuring any updates on the adopted manatees, and Paddle Tales, Save the Manatee Club’s bi-monthly eNewsletter.
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For more information or to view other manatees available for adoption, visit the Adopt-A-Manatee page, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).