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.
Underwater Webcam Highlights from the 2018 – 2019 Season (Not Live)
Above-Water Webcam Highlights from the 2018 – 2019 Season (Not Live)
Please Note: Both the underwater and above-water cams are no longer live and are currently playing highlights from the 2018 – 2019 manatee season. 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
April 23, 2019:
I finally have some total manatee numbers for the season. I had started on them in mid-March, but cold weather in late March brought in more manatees to add to the counts, and I had to start over. We saw 703 different manatees during the season, which is a new record by 117. We had a single day count of 558 manatees, and that is a new record by 73. We had 59 calves, which is our second highest total. Our highest number of calves was last season with 64 calves. As I view more film clips and collate my field notes, these numbers will change, but not by much. I will be asked why the increase. I can only say that 40 to 60 calves a year has an effect, but a prime factor is the warm winters that allow the manatees to move around in the winter and appear in more places. The manatees are not held in the vicinity of the refuges by the cold. Related to that is the number of manatees I consider to have spent the winter at Blue Spring, which has declined the past four years.
— by 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.
- 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).
Pesky Juvenile Chases Mom and Calf. January 20, 2019.
Mom Nuzzles Her Calf. December 16, 2018.