Group of people gathered to release a rehabbed manatee at Three Sisters Springs
To Report a Sick, Injured, Dead, Tagged, Orphaned or Distressed Manatee

Please report any manatee, sea turtle, dolphin-related injuries or related crimes to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife emergency hotline: 1-888-404-3922. 

Be prepared to provide information for the following questions:

  • Is the manatee alive or dead?
  • When did you see the manatee?
  • What is the exact location of the manatee?
  • How long have you observed the manatee?
  • What is the approximate size of the manatee?
  • What is the location of the public boat ramp closest to the manatee?
  • Does the manatee have a “tag” attached near its tail?
  • Can you provide a contact number where you can be reached for further information?

After contacting the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, a manatee biologist will call you back to the number you provided. In the meantime, please take pictures and/or a video of the manatee to send to the biologist. This footage can assist in determining what is wrong with the manatee and/or to help identify the individual through any unique characteristics if it happens to leave the area prior to further evaluation of its condition.

Other General Contacts

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Location and Contact Information