Support for the Manatee Webcams at Blue Spring State Park was made possible by a donation to Save the Manatee Club as a memorial gift in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Norton, a Florida resident who cared deeply for manatees.
Please Note: Manatee season has started at Blue Spring State Park, but manatee visits will fluctuate with the weather. If few manatees are visible on the webcams, or if the webcams are offline, please stay tuned and check back! 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 Update
December 13, 2018:
The river temp was 60.5°F (15°C). Our count that should have been much higher than the past two day was “only” 394 manatees. I think we were distracted by the perfect conditions to ID manatees. We ID’d 252 of those. The adoptees were Lucille, Aqua, Margarito, Una, Howie, Nick, Philip, Annie, Deep Dent, Lily, Moo Shoo, Gator, Doc, and Phyllis. In addition, two non-adoptees we had not seen for a few years dropped in. Dade and Anvil have been spending the winters further north, but it was good to see them here. A dead manatee was recently recovered north of the State Road 44 bridge. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will do a necropsy to determine the cause of death.
— Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist, and Cora Berchem, Manatee Research & Multimedia Specialist
Read more manatee updates from this season by clicking the “Learn More” box below.
Please call Blue Spring State Park before you visit to get the latest manatee count at the park: 386-775-3663.
- Read Manatee Updates from this season as well as past seasons.
- Identify manatees in the Club’s adoption program using Wayne Hartley’s Scar Pattern Chart (pdf).
- See Wayne’s Scar Charts for all of the Blue Spring manatees (pdf).
- Learn about Blue Spring State Park and why it is vital habitat for manatees.
- Check out our Species Spotlight to learn about other living things that share the manatee’s habitat at Blue Spring (pdf).
Ann with Her Calf and Another Cow/Calf Pair. November 20, 2018