Manatee Watch

Volusia County Environmental Management has launched Manatee Watch, an exciting volunteer program that focuses on manatee sightings in Volusia County.

The manatee is a listed endangered species and is protected by federal and state laws, and they are frequently seen in Volusia County. With the help of volunteers, we can get a better understanding of how manatees are utilizing Volusia County waterways.

Volunteers will be providing much needed information, including the condition, behavior, and location of the manatee(s) that is sighted. Training on how to document manatee sightings, as well as sketch manatee scarring patterns, will be provided to each volunteer.

Volusia County is looking for individuals or groups who want to help preserve one of Florida’s most precious species. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, families, scout groups and other civic organizations. Keep watch and save a life!

If you or your group would like to volunteer for Manatee Watch, please fill out the Volunteer Volusia application and remember to mark Manatee Watch under “Fields of Interest." For more information, please contact Volusia County at 386-736-5927.

Online sighting report form

Form downloads
(Right click the links below and choose "Save Target As" to save the files to your computer before filling out the forms)
Manatee sighting report (pdf format)
Manatee sighting report (Word format)
Photo documentation log (pdf format)
Photo documentation log Word format)
Scar sheet (pdf format) *jpg image
Practical scar sheet guide
(pdf format) Practical scar sheet guide (Word format) *Download the jpg image in addition to the to pdf scar sheet to draw the scar markings with a paint program.

Sighting maps (pdf format)

Halifax River

Indian River

Mosquito Lagoon

St. Johns River

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org
ext. 15850

Debbie Wingfield
Manatee Protection Program Manager
dwingfield@volusia.org
ext. 12235
 

Toll free landlines
when calling from:

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303

For stranded manatees, whales, sea turtles, and dolphins call FWC:
1-888-404-3922

For right whale sightings call the Right Whale Hotline:
1-888-979-4253