Adopt-A-Manatee® in Partnership with Save the Manatee Club
Friends of Blue Spring State Park is thrilled to partner with Save the Manatee Club and provide the opportunity to adopt a real living manatee! Symbolically adopt or renew an adoption of a real manatee for yourself or as a gift starting at as little as $25 per year!
Adopt-A-Manatee at any level and get:
- A certificate of adoption and a biography of a real Florida manatee.
- A membership handbook containing manatee facts, viewing locations and guidelines, and other educational information.
- The Manatee Zone, our official quarterly Club newsletter, featuring updates on the adopted manatees and other manatee news.
- Other organization and manatee updates by email, including our eNewsletter, Paddle Tales (when an email address is provided).
Choose Your Manatee:Use the navigation below to view manatees available in each region. You can click the manatee's name in the paragraph under their photo to get more information about them. No matter which manatee you choose to adopt, adopting one helps them all.
Blue Spring State Park:
Annie was rescued as an orphaned calf and was released in 2008. She is not shy and is quite popular with park visitors. Annie has been known to visit Blue Spring State Park in the winter.
Brutus is one of Blue Spring’s largest manatees. He weighs in at almost 1,900 pounds and has been a regular winter visitor since 1970.
Doc has returned to Blue Spring State Park nearly every winter since 1976. He is an adult male, nearly 10 feet in length. Doc is one of the few manatees frequently spotted in the spring in the summer.
Floyd was born in the summer of 1978. He is easily identified by the park’s rangers because of an old injury that left him with only half a tail.
Gator was first identified in 2011 at Blue Spring State Park. He has been spotted on the webcam chasing and playing with an alligator at the park. That’s how he got his name!
Howie is a sleek, large (1,350-pound) male, known to winter at Blue Spring State Park since 1971. One of Howie’s favorite activities is to tip the research canoe — complete with researchers in it!
Lenny was born to Luna in 1978 and continues to winter at Blue Spring State Park each year. Lenny is the resident “couch potato” manatee, preferring rest to all other activities.
Lily is one of the few adult females to regularly winter at the Blue Spring State Park. She has returned each year since 1974 and has at least ten calves.
Margarito is the son of Lily, another Blue Spring manatee. She brought him to Blue Spring State Park on November 24, 1984, and he has returned every winter since that time.
Moo Shoo is a female manatee first identified in 2010, Moo Shoo loves to nudge the research canoe. She has had four calves.
Nick is a small adult male who was first identified in 1977 at Blue Spring State Park . His movements have been tracked by radio telemetry, producing information on behavior such as going north, rather than south, in midwinter — hence his nickname, “Crazy Nick."
Paddy Doyle was named by researchers after the famous “fighting Irishman.” He bears the distinction of being one of the feistiest manatees in the Blue Spring State Park area.
Phyllis is thought to have been born in 1985. In 1991, Phyllis gave birth to twins — a rare event for manatees. She is now the mother of several calves and a regular winter visitor to the park.
Una was rescued as an orphan in 2003. She was released and gave birth to several calves. Unfortunately, Una was rescued again because of fishing line entanglement on both flippers. Following treatment, she is once again doing well in the wild.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park:Ariel and Betsy are permanent residents at the park and can be visited at any time of the year. During the summer they can be seen on our webcams at the park with other manatees in rehabilitation. An adoption update on the Homosassa Springs manatees is included in our quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone.
Ariel was just two weeks old when she was rescued with her mom Amanda. She lives at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. She is a regular at the manatee education programs, lifting her head out of the water to “smile” at the visitors.
Betsy was named after Betsy Dearth, who was a ranger at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Betsy the manatee is very friendly and curious and is quick to investigate anything new. Ranger Dearth called her, “the inspector.”
Tampa Bay:Manatees who are known to winter near Tampa Bay are sighted intermittently and their behavior is more unpredictable. Sightings are provided as we get information from our partners in our quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, however there may be significant gaps between updates.
Elsie is easily identified because her tail is badly mutilated from an encounter with a boat propeller. She has been seen in the Tampa Bay area and has had at least two calves. Once, Elsie was documented traveling a distance of about 111 miles in about 23 days.
Flicker is an adult female first documented in 1983 in Ft. Myers. She is named Flicker because she has a series of small propeller scars that reminded researchers of flickering flames. Flicker has been seen at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend power plant in Apollo Beach each winter.
Ginger frequents the west coast of Florida, south of Tampa Bay. She is known to winter at the FPL plant in Tice, Florida, and was often seen in the summer around Marco Island. Ginger has two known calves. One of them is named Ale!
Jemp was rescued in 1995, after being exposed to red tide. He spent some time in rehabilitation and was released later that year. Jemp is known to frequent the Sarasota and Lemon Bay areas, but he also travels in a wide range along Florida’s west coast.
East Coast:Like our Tampa Bay adoptees, Manatees who are known to winter along the east coast are sighted intermittently and their behavior is more unpredictable. Sightings are provided as we get information from our partners in our quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, however there may be significant gaps between updates.
Chessie was first sighted in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland in July of 1994. This rare manatee sighting created quite a stir. By October of that year, after it was determined that he was not going to head south on his own, Chessie was rescued and flown back to Florida so he wouldn’t die from cold stress. Chessie has been known to travel along the east coast of Florida and the southeastern coast of the U.S.
Illusion was rescued in March 2010 after a terrible boat strike. After being released, she is often seen at the FPL Riviera Beach power plant in the winter and along the east coast of south Florida.
Alabama:Sightings of manatees in Alabama typically occur during the summer months when waterways are warm enough to allow manatees to travel. Updates are provided by Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network for our quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, though we may periodically receive an update from a winter refuge in Florida.
Bama made history in September 2009 when she became the first manatee ever captured and tagged in Alabama waters by Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network. Now a local attraction in Mobile Bay in the spring and summer, Bama has migrated from Alabama to Crystal River, Florida each winter.