Watch manatees on underwater and above-water webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
Underwater Webcam at Blue Spring State Park
Above-Water Webcam at Blue Spring State Park
Please Note: Manatee Season has started at Blue Spring State Park, and both the underwater and above-water cams are live! At night, or if there are issues with the cams, we will switch to highlights videos from previous seasons. 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
January 28, 2020:
t was a delightful day on the run today even if the wind tried to control the canoe from time to time. The river temp was the same for me as it was for Cora yesterday, 61° F (16° C). Counts were similar as well. I counted 372 manatees, and yesterday Cora counted 375. Today the park staff counted 381. The Save the Manatee Club adoptees present were Philip, Aqua, Lily, Floyd, and Deep Dent.
— Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist
Read more manatee updates from this season by clicking the “Learn More” 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.
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.
- 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).
Underwater Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Above-Water Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Please Note: At night, or if there are issues with the cams, we will switch to highlights videos from previous seasons at Blue Spring State Park. 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.
At Ellie Schiller Wildlife State Park, visitors can see manatees both in the in-ground pool at the Manatee Care Center and beneath the surface of the spring bowl in the Underwater Observatory. Manatees can be seen in the entire spring above the water, too. Manatees are a subtropical species and cannot tolerate water temperatures below 68 degrees F. The park’s natural freshwater spring bowl remains a constant 72-degree temperature year-round, serving as vital habitat for manatees and various species of fish who enter from the river. Several captive manatees, who cannot be released into the wild, remain at the park year-round, enhancing the park’s daily manatee education programs. These manatees — Ariel, Betsy, and Electra — are in Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program.
Save the Manatee Club has a historic partnership with Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, dating to 1989 when the Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee program began. Save the Manatee Club has provided funding for a spring run gate at the park that allows wild manatees to swim into the main spring area, which acts as an important source of warmth in the winter. The Club has also funded heating support tanks, used to treat manatees with cold stress; veterinary care; and the park’s “Manatee Watch” pontoon boat, used for rescues.
Meet A Manatee: Merlin
A manatee who winters at Blue Spring State Park.
Named after the wizard featured in Arthurian legend, some might say that Merlin has led a charmed life as he is lucky to have survived several boat hits.
Learn more and see photos and video.
Watch even more Manatee Videos
Blue Spring State Park, Park Manager Michael Watkins
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Park Manager Tricia Fowler
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection