Watch manatees on underwater and above-water webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
Webcam highlights available, too! Scroll down to view.
Manatee Season is wrapping up at Blue Spring State Park and the above-water webcam is live, while the underwater webcam is playing highlights. At night, or when there are issues with the webcams, we will play highlights of previously recorded webcam footage. You can also scroll down the page to see past manatee videos from the webcams. Any people seen in the videos are researchers or other individuals with special permission.
Above-Water Webcam at Blue Spring State Park
Underwater Webcam at Blue Spring State Park
Latest Manatee Sightings
Thursday, 23 March 2023
The river temp was 69.8°F (21°C). We counted 46 manatees. Save the Manatee Club adoptees Gator and Annie & calf were among them. Annie was not only accompanied by her calf but two others and a juvenile. With temps heading toward the nineties, the season may soon be over but we will be taking roll again tomorrow. -Wayne & Cora
Read more manatee updates from this season at Blue Spring State Park 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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- Read Manatee Updates from this season as well as past seasons.
- Identify Blue Spring manatees in the Club’s adoption program using Wayne Hartley’s Scar Pattern Chart (pdf).
- Identify other manatees in the Club’s adoption program using scar pattern charts (pdf).
- See Wayne’s Scar Charts for all of the Blue Spring manatees (pdf).
- Investigate the genealogy of the Blue Spring manatees.
- Learn about our manatee research work.
- Discover 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).
Manatee “Schwartzie” travels through Blue Spring while nursing her calf, as seen on the above water camera. January 21, 2023.
Watch even more Manatee Videos
The park has opened the gates to wild manatees, so you can expect to see them on the webcams now. Permanent residents Ariel and Betsy, along with Heinz and Shantay, who are undergoing rehabilitation, are in the paddock area of the park and not on the webcams. At night, or when there are issues with the cameras, we will play highlights of previously recorded webcam footage.
Underwater Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Above-Water Webcam at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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At Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs 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. Two 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 and Betsy — 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, and is grateful to the park for this partnership and the wonderful care they give to the manatees. 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.
Special Thanks To Our Partners
Blue Spring State Park, Park Manager Dustin Allen
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Park Manager Zachary Phifer
Guest Services, Inc. at Blue Spring State Park