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Manatee Education and Information

State park officer visiting FWC's booth at the 2018 HuManatee Fest in Wakulla Springs
Students learning about manatees at a science fair
Students learning about manatees at an FWC event

In 1975, Florida’s school children helped designate the endangered Florida manatee as Florida’ state marine mammal. Before and since then, various research, management and educational efforts occurred to bring back a species that many people thought was on the verge of extinction.

For more historic information about Florida’s manatees, please check out the Manatee Timeline.

To order publications, please write to:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Imperiled Species Management Section
620 S. Meridian Street,  6A
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

Or use the FWC Publications request service

To report an injured, dead, harassed or orphaned Manatee

Report violations online or call 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cellular phone users can also call *FWC or #FWC, or send a text to

Report Online