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Manatee Update: 2-20-16 The river temp continues to go up and is now at 62.1° F (16.8° C). Today Philip was the first adoptee I saw followed by Doc, Gator, and Rocket. I counted 123 manatees, and the park staff counted 133 -- not bad. Of those, I ID’d 72. A problem for me now is that if they stay out a few days, they get covered with algae and silt, and I have to ID them all over again as their scars are hard to make out

Manatee Update: 2-20-16 The river temp continues to go up and is now at 62.1° F (16.8° C). Today Philip was the first adoptee I saw followed by Doc, Gator, and Rocket. I counted 123 manatees, and the park staff counted 133 -- not bad. Of those, I ID’d 72. A problem for me now is that if they stay out a few days, they get covered with algae and silt, and I have to ID them all over again as their scars are hard to make out

Live streaming web cam from Blue Springs, FL via Save the Manatee Club. When it's dark at night they run videos. You can also run the many videos they captured when the manatees were here for the winter. Try it full screen.

Live streaming web cam from Blue Springs, FL via Save the Manatee Club. When it's dark at night they run videos. You can also run the many videos they captured when the manatees were here for the winter. Try it full screen.

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park

Manatees have been known to body surf or “barrel roll” -- a fun maneuver where the animals spin round and round in a 360-degree motion -- just for kicks. The animals certainly swim as their primary form of locomotion, as they live exclusively in the water -- but they also enjoy playing around in the waves, because everyone needs to have a little fun.

Manatees have been known to body surf or “barrel roll” -- a fun maneuver where the animals spin round and round in a 360-degree motion -- just for kicks. The animals certainly swim as their primary form of locomotion, as they live exclusively in the water -- but they also enjoy playing around in the waves, because everyone needs to have a little fun.

Show your appreciation for manatees today! Please sign a petition or send comments urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to postpone downlisting manatees until threats to the species and its habitat are controlled.  http://smc.convio.net/speakupformanatees.  Thank you! Please share!!

Show your appreciation for manatees today! Please sign a petition or send comments urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to postpone downlisting manatees until threats to the species and its habitat are controlled. http://smc.convio.net/speakupformanatees. Thank you! Please share!!

Latest manatee update from Blue Spring now on ManaTV.org! Adoptee Brutus was in!

Latest manatee update from Blue Spring now on ManaTV.org! Adoptee Brutus was in!

Adopt-A-Manatee® for $25 and Get:  An adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real endangered Florida manatee.      A membership handbook.      The Manatee Zone, our official Club newsletter. featuring updates on the adopted manatees.      Paddle Tales, our e-newsletter (when an email address is provided).      FREE SHIPPING for U.S. adoption orders.

Adopt-A-Manatee® for $25 and Get: An adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real endangered Florida manatee. A membership handbook. The Manatee Zone, our official Club newsletter. featuring updates on the adopted manatees. Paddle Tales, our e-newsletter (when an email address is provided). FREE SHIPPING for U.S. adoption orders.

I love these guys, hope to see some in Tortuguero next year                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Florida's friendly manatees photographed by Alexander Mustard

I love these guys, hope to see some in Tortuguero next year More

Update: Feb. 28 & 29, 2016. On Sunday, I counted 241 manatees and ID’d 161. Margarito was in along with Annie and also Lily, Lucille, Paddy Doyle, Phyllis, Gator, Whiskers, and Doc. Philip flashed his primary scar at me as he came in late! On February 29th, 159 manatees were counted, including Lily, Margarito, Lucille, Gator, and Annie. Photo is Amber and her calf and crew with new boat scars. Watch for manatees: http://www.savethemanatee.org/boatertips  – Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist.

Update: Feb. 28 & 29, 2016. On Sunday, I counted 241 manatees and ID’d 161. Margarito was in along with Annie and also Lily, Lucille, Paddy Doyle, Phyllis, Gator, Whiskers, and Doc. Philip flashed his primary scar at me as he came in late! On February 29th, 159 manatees were counted, including Lily, Margarito, Lucille, Gator, and Annie. Photo is Amber and her calf and crew with new boat scars. Watch for manatees: http://www.savethemanatee.org/boatertips – Wayne Hartley, Manatee Specialist.

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