Manatee photo by Patrick M. Rose

Welcome to Manatee Information Central!
Whether you are researching a school project or are just interested in our favorite aquatic mammals, you've come to the right place. Click on any of the links located at the right side of the page and see our Helpful Hints below.

Photo © Patrick M. Rose

Helpful Hints

If you are just getting started, you may want to begin with our Manatee Facts and Manatee FAQ pages. Don't forget the "In This Section" menu bar at the right side of the page. You'll find links to other manatee-related topics there.

To Report an Injured or Stranded Manatee:
If you are reporting an injured manatee in Florida, please call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922), or #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone. Residents of Maryland, North Carolina, or any eastern state north of Florida should report manatee sightings to their local wildlife officials. Report manatees in Alabama and Mississippi by calling DISL's Manatee Sighting Network at 1-866-493-5803. For Louisiana, call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 1-800-442-2511, and for Texas, call the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-800-9-MAMMAL (800-962-6625).

Teachers and Students: We have a variety of resources at our Education Materials page. There's some links to other good sources on manatees and career information for people interested in marine mammal science at our Manatee Links page. And for fun, check out Cool Manatee Stuff

Interested in Seeing Manatees? Go to Manatee Viewing Areas or watch Manatee Webcams

Protection Tips: We've got protection tips for boaters and some for divers and swimmers. If you boat in Florida, get one of our free waterproof banners. Boaters can also get a free boat decal, or you can get a free public awareness sign if you are a Florida shoreline property owner.

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Questions? If you've looked over all the pages in this section and still can't find the answer to your manatee question, please send us an e-mail at

Thank you for your interest in manatees!