Annie Has A New Calf!

Manatee Annie and her calf
Orange City, Florida: Exciting news! On August 15, 2016, Annie, one of the manatees in Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee program, gave birth to a calf at Blue Spring State Park. Several photos were captured by park staff.Ā Adopt Annie and Other Manatees by visiting our Adopt-A-Manatee page!

 

Manatee Annie and her calf
This is the third time that Annie has given birth at Blue Spring State Park! She gave birth to Naui, a female calf, at the park in July 2014. Her first calf, named Arron, was born at Blue Spring in 2012.

 

Manatee Annie and her calf.
The newest youngster is Annie’s third calf.

 

Manatee Annie and calf
Annie and the calf visited the park several times after she gave birth. Cora Berchem, Save the Manatee Club’s Multimedia Specialist, took more photos of the pair on August 29, 2016.

 

Manatee Annie and calf.
Unfortunately, Annie received a new boat strike sometime between the end of February and August. You can see the healed scars on her left side, near her head and shoulder.

 

Manatee Annie and calf
There’s no word yet on whether the calf is a male or a female.

 

Manatee Annie and calf.
“The Manatee Watch Group we helped organize in collaboration with the park, Volusia County, and Sea to Shore Alliance, worked absolutely perfectly to protect Annie and the calf while they were at the park,” said Save the Manatee Club’s Cora Berchem, who is pictured putting in volunteer time to watch over the pair. “Huge thanks to Park Manager Michael Watkins and his staff for their help. They went above and beyond to protect them.”