Florida Springs News Archive

Your Florida Springs news archive. We used to collect new articles for the public up until the year 2000. There was little interest so we stopped. Below is what we collected.


Rescued Manatee Swims to Freedom After 6-Month Rehab
Jul 18, 2019 - On Thursday, it was time to go for the 800-pound manatee, which they named Bago. For almost a half a year, Bago hung out with other sick or injured manatees and received treatment from veterinarians
Florida manatee deaths could reach record high
Jul 15, 2019 - Wildlife officials say toxic Red Tide and chilly temperatures contributed to the sea cow deaths in 2018, but so far in 2019 the biggest threat to manatees are boats.
First responders rescue manatee stranded in St. Augustine
Jul 14, 2019 - The female manatee, which measured nine feet and weighed an estimated 1,000 pounds, got stuck during low tide in a shallow, muddy area of the Matanzas River off Ocean Avenue and east of San Marco Avenue.
Birthday Manatees 2019
Feb 11, 2019 - There's several things that make experiencing another trip around the sun happy and more palatable. For myself, one of those things is being underwater in the manatee's world. It has become a tradition for me to express my appreciation to the manatees.
In Winter Florida Really Loves Its Manatees
Jan 29, 2019 - This is the time of year when Floridians, snowbirds, and visitors alike head to the warmer waters of springs and electric plants and even nuclear plant complexes to watch our favorite manatees.
FAU researcher hopes device will help lower manatee deaths
Jan 8, 2019 - To say it was a rough 2018 for Florida manatees is an understatement. According to FWC, more than 800 died last year and a good chunk of those deaths were from boating accidents. More than 100 died by boat.
Manatee Deaths In 2018 Approach All-Time High
Jan 1, 2019 - According to preliminary figures posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), more than 800 manatees died in 2018, a nearly 50% increase over the prior year.
Manatees making annual migration to warmer waters
Dec 20, 2018 - Manatees are on the move. Winter weather seems to drive nearly everything to Florida, from human winter residents to migratory birds. Even manatees migrate this time of year as water temperatures begin to fall.
Twin manatees returned to Florida Keys waters
Dec 16, 2018 - Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys. With satellite tracking transmitters strapped to their bodies, the two marine mammals were returned to waters leading to Florida Bay on Thursday.
 Manatees in peril as toxic red tide tests Florida's resources for rescued animals
Nov 19, 2018 - Resources to save manatee and other sea life nearing limit a year after toxic red tide bloom outbreak
Tampa Electric opens manatee viewing center for season
Nov 2, 2018 - The manatees are back. Tampa Electric Co. opened its Manatee Viewing Center for the season this week with a few improvements. The overflow parking lot will now have a 75-kilowatt solar array, which will shade the shuttle bus waiting area.
November is Manatee Awareness Month
Oct 30, 2018 - So far this year, 714 manatees have died, compared to 538 in 2017, out of about 6,000 estimated to live in Florida waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Red Tide Invades Florida’s East Coast!
Oct 8, 2018 - Red Tide is a manatee's enemy because its toxicity could kill us very quickly! You see red tide is an extremely toxic algae bloom that forms when the water is warm and there are plenty of nutrients for it to live on.
New treatment being developed for manatees poisoned by red tide
Oct 1, 2018 - Florida International University and Mote Marine Laboratory are developing new and more efficient ways to treat manatees exposed to toxic red tide.
Six more manatees found dead, red tide the suspect
Oct 1, 2018 - The death toll for marine life continues to rise as a toxic red tide bloom stretches along more than 100 miles of Florida's southwestern coast. Ride tide is the suspected culprit of six more manatee deaths in Sarasota County over the weekend.
Wildlife Recovery...Not So Simple
Sep 27, 2018 - The red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon worldwide and the bloom in our area has been around since last October. It is still here but hopes are that it will subside as cooler weather, and cooler water, arrives.
Sick manatee found near St. Armands Circle
Sep 19, 2018 - A Sarasota Marine Patrol Officer helped Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission with a sick manatee on Wednesday. The manatee was found near a bridge on South Boulevard of the Presidents near St. Armands Circle.
Rescued manatees arrive for stay in Homosassa
Sep 13, 2018 - Wednesday morning, four rehabilitated manatees from Sea World arrived at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for a stay of undetermined length ' while they're now healthy, they can't be released into their home waters due to red tide.
Crew Cleanup for Manatee Season
Sep 11, 2018 - As we near manatee season, divers collected several bags of trash to make the area safer for the sea cows. The bags of debris that line the intracoastal pose a problem with the sea cows migrating here starting in November.
Rescue network saves sick manatees, sea turtles from toxic red tide
Sep 1, 2018 - Heather Barron snatched a fist-sized blue crab from a bucket with a pair of 18-inch hemostats, dangled it in a tank that contained a 380-pound female loggerhead sea turtle and hoped.
Florida Manatee: 10% of Population Could Be Wiped Out This Year
Aug 20, 2018 - 2018 has not been a good year for Florida's iconic manatees. A total of 540 sea cows have died in the last eight months, surpassing last year's total of 538 deaths, according to figures posted Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Pensacola, look out for manatees affected by toxic red tide algae
Aug 16, 2018 - Scientists are urging Pensacola area beachcombers and boaters to be on the lookout for manatees affected by a large toxic algae bloom stretching from the waters off Tampa through the Florida Keys.
Manatees gathering by N. Jetty, distressed?
Aug 10, 2018 - Suncoast photographer Cindy Desmond sent pictures to ABC7 of a gathering of dozen manatees near the N. Jetty tonight. Some concerned bystanders, called Mote Marine thinking they may be in distress due to the red tide.
Manatee population continues to recover
Nov 17, 2017 - November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered.
Mermaids Are Real & They Swim w/Manatees in Florida Springs
Nov 16, 2017 - Each year when air and water temperatures throughout the state of Florida get cold, manatees seek warmth by congregating in the state's 72-degree-yearround springs.
Meet Lagoona, the newest manatee at the South Florida Museum
Nov 9, 2017 - A manatee named Lagoona has a new home at the South Florida Museum. Lagoona, who is about 2 years old, was rescued May 29 from Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast of Florida, according to the museum.
Mom and baby manatee sighting spurs name campaign
Sep 5, 2017 - LEESBURG ' A mom and baby manatee sighting in the Harris Chain of Lakes has sea-cow watchers wondering if Leesburg the manatee is a mom.
Manatee rescued from Leesburg returns after rehab
Aug 18, 2017 - LEESBURG ' Wildlife experts think a female manatee that has called the Harris Chain of Lakes home for more than a year has given birth to a calf here.It could be the first of its kind to be born in Lake County.
Florida beachgoers help rescue stranded manatees
Aug 3, 2017 - A group of beachgoers and firefighters in Clearwater Beach got up close and personal while rescuing three manatees that washed ashore on Wednesday.
DNR provides information about migrating manatees
Jun 21, 2017 - As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report sightings of these gentle giants online.
Manatees and more on tap this summer
Jun 9, 2017 - Manatee Lagoon ' An FPL Eco Discovery Center has quite the summer planned. Want to know just what's available? Head on down on Sunday to see a preview.
Marvelous manatees*
May 16, 2017 - Manatees, those gentle giants with flat, paddle-shaped tails, have inspired the legends of mermaids. We are fortunate that our very own island of Trinidad is the home of these amazing animals also known as sea cows.
Manatees off Endangered Species List, Scientists Concerned
Apr 1, 2017 - The manatee has finally been removed from the U.S. endangered species list after almost 45 years, but some are arguing this isn't news to celebrate ' and that it may actually hurt the animal's chances of survival.
Manatees Divide a Florida Community
Mar 27, 2017 - Crystal River has had to balance efforts to protect the mammals with the interests of property and business owners
Manatee body hair is really, really sensitive, scientists say
Mar 22, 2017 - A new study including Mote Marine Laboratory's resident manatees indicates that the marine mammals' body whiskers are almost as sensitive as their facial whiskers in analyzing their underwater surroundings and detecting vibrations in the water.
Fewer Florida hard freezes could benefit invasive species
Jan 16, 2017 - Mangroves and manatees will flourish in a Florida with fewer hard freezes, but a warmer world could crimp other critters while benefiting invasive creatures less kind to native wildlife, as well as humans.
Forgotten Mermaids
Jan 5, 2017 - The gentle manatee is now considered by many as "threatened," not "endangered." But is the sea cow's proposed status downgrade a good thing?
Alligator swims peacefully with manatees at Blue Spring
Jan 5, 2017 - Since manatees have no natural predators, it's not scary at all to see an alligator swimming in their midst. That's what a web camera captured Friday at Blue Spring. An alligator floated on the crystal water as manatees swam and grazed below.
Manatee Center program to focus on spoil islands
Jan 4, 2017 - The program will be presented by Ezra Appel and James Burke of Friends of Spoil Islands, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the spoil islands.
Chilly St. Johns sends manatees to Blue Spring
Nov 23, 2016 - While local malls and stores are likely to be busy on Friday, Blue Spring State Park also expects to see an attendance upsurge as word begins to spread that the park's most famous visitors ' its manatees — have begun returning in larger numbers.
Time for Action at Three Sisters Springs
Nov 16, 2016 - Without action from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this warm, welcome respite for manatees could be threatened by tourism
Pregnant manatee to be moved Tuesday
Oct 13, 2016 - A pregnant Florida manatee pulled from waters off Falmouth in September and currently under the care of Mystic Aquarium staff will be moved Tuesday to SeaWorld Orlando, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Charles Underwood.
Manatee likely to head south in 2 weeks
Sep 30, 2016 - A pregnant manatee transported last week from Nantucket Sound to a temporary home at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut will likely leave for Florida within the next two weeks, aquarium spokeswoman Dale Wolbrink said Wednesday
Mom and daughter manatees returned to Florida waters
Jun 24, 2016 - The two manatees, nicknamed Shamrock and Emerald, were cared for at the Lowry Park Zoo. The calf, Emerald, was still dependent on her mother, who suffered a boat-strike injury.
Florida Boaters May Pose Hazards to Rebounding Sea Cows
May 30, 2016 - Florida manatee populations are increasing, according to a team of researchers, which means that holiday and summer boaters must mind the manatee zone signs to avoid harming these gentle giants
Revival in the number of manatees in St. Johns River
May 29, 2016 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.'A new survey conducted by Jacksonville University researchers shows there's a revival in the number of manatees in the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
SFWMD hopes touchless manatee detectors will curb deaths
May 21, 2016 - While manatee populations have been increasing, it's more likely the state's improved monitoring and recording explains the growing death toll, said district spokesman Randy Smith.
22,000+ comment on proposal to re-list manatees as threatened
Apr 17, 2016 - TAMPA ' The federal proposal to scrub the West Indian manatee from the endangered species list received 22,606 emailed comments from the public, with more than 20,000 coming in the final two weeks of the comment period.
Senator Nelson speaks out about manatee reclassification
Apr 8, 2016 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Senator Bill Nelson is urging federal fish and wildlife officials to keep the Florida manatee listed as an endangered species. In January, the agency proposed reclassifying the manatee's status from endangered to threatened
Seasonal manatee slow-zones in effect April 1-Nov. 15 in Florida
Apr 2, 2016 - From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft. FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters.
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