Documenting manatee sightings is important and provides important data for researchers as they are trying to further understand how manatees are using the Wekiva River. Save the Manatee Club has an online form where citizens can easily report sightings and upload photos or videos. In the summer of 2019 and 2020 several manatees were sighted in the Wekiva River that proved to be known individuals from Blue Spring! Among them were ‘Mata Hari’ and her calf, who made it all the way up to the Wekiva head spring, ‘Peyton’ and her calf who visited Wekiva Island, ‘Marge’ who may have given birth to her calf in a resident’s canal, and ‘Jocie’ with her small calf.
Spring cleaning work day at the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve office. We love our volunteers!