Meet A Manatee: Aqua
Identified by her obvious scars, she has had four calves
April 3, 2018
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 ManaTV.org and read updates from Manatee Specialist Wayne Hartley.