Manatee Sightings Update: June 6, 2023
by Cora Berchem, Director of Multimedia and Manatee Research Associate
All activities conducted under permits DEP #02042213 and USFWS #MA791721-6.
Annie & Calf
Our partners from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) informed us that they saw Tampa Bay adoptee “Flicker” during their photo-ID work at the warm-water outflow of the Bartow power plant on January 30th and February 20th.
Tampa Bay adoptee “Vector” was also seen by our partners from FWC on February 8 in Boca Ciega Bay, which is near St. Petersburg, just a little southwest of his winter home at TECO Apollo Beach. The only photo obtained was of Vector’s tail, but his scars gave him away shortly before he submerged
Updates on released manatees
The 12 manatees released at Blue Spring in February have spread out to explore their new surroundings. The public can follow their whereabouts online and read about their progress at manateemap.org.
Scampi, Artemis and Finch have occasionally been stopping by at Blue Spring.