Watch manatees on underwater and above-water webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Webcam videos available, too! Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Above-Water Webcam at Blue Spring State Park

 

Underwater Webcam at Blue Spring State Park

Please Note: Manatee Season has started at Blue Spring State Park. At night, or when there are issues with the webcams, we will play highlights video of previously recorded webcam footage. You can also scroll down the page to see past manatee videos from the web cams. Any people seen in the videos are researchers or other individuals with special permission.

Latest Manatee Sightings

December 2-3, 2021:

On Thursday, the river temp was 64.4° F (18° C). The river was warming and the manatee count was going down. We counted 239 manatees, and the park staff counted 241. Love it when it works out that way! The manatees, as I have noticed before, seem to have fine internal barometers that tell them of the changing weather. When it warms after a cold spell, they congregate near the river ready to go out and feed. Yesterday they were almost all in the bottom third of the run, and today they were in the bottom fifth. After one day of calm clear water on November 30th,  we have gone back to the manatees swimming around stirring up the clay and silt! In a joint effort today with FWC, Save the Manatee Club, and Volusia County, an orphaned calf was rescued. When the FWC rescue boat arrived, the wind was up and it was hard to find and track the little calf. Cora suggested she go to the far bank and try to locate it. I canoed her over and I got out of the way. The calf appeared to be bothered by the canoe and would move away so that we would lose it in the rippled water. Cora was able to locate it and the FWC boat came up the run and dip netted the little lady. She was definitely underweight and with cold stress or some other skin condition. We will know more as her treatment progresses at SeaWorld. Save the Manatee Club adoptees Merlin, Howie, Lucille, Rocket, Annie, and Aqua were seen today.

On Friday, the river temperature on Friday was at 62.6° F (17° C). Cora counted 256 manatees, and the park counted 278, so it was pretty close. The adoptees in on Friday were Merlin, Aqua, Annie, and Rocket for roll call, and Howie showed up after the count was finished. Just like yesterday, most manatees were congregated near the river ready to go out with the warming weather to feed. The manatee we assisted releasing on Tuesday, Lawrence, has yet to make it in for roll call! But our partners from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute who are monitoring Lawrence are telling us that he is coming in, which is good! He made a brief appearance yesterday before we assisted with the orphan calf rescue. Maybe he just doesn’t like to be counted for roll call!— Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist, and Cora Berchem, Manatee Research Associate

Read more manatee updates from this season at Blue Spring State Park by clicking the blue Get Manatee Updates box below and click the Webcam Videos box to see manatee video clips from this season.

Please call Blue Spring State Park before you visit to get the latest manatee count at the park: 386-775-3663.

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Underwater Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

 

Above-Water Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Please Note: The park has opened the gates to wild manatees, so you can expect to see them on the webcams now. The permanent resident manatees (Ariel and Betsy) as well as the manatees in rehabilitation (Keeks and Heinz) are in the paddock area of the park and not on the webcams. At night, or when there are issues with the webcams, we will play highlights video of previously recorded webcam footage.

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Meet A Manatee: brutus

He visits Blue Spring State Park in the winter.

Brutus the manateeHe is one of Blue Spring’s largest manatees.
Learn more and see photos and video.

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