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Yes, there are manatees in Lake County

Help Save The Manatees: Increasing Manatee Awareness in the Upper Ocklawaha Basin

A female manatee named “Leesburg” first visited the Harris Chain of Lakes in 2015. She had the distinction of being the first recorded manatee in Lake County. “Leesburg” became a familiar face in many areas around Lake Harris. In the summer of 2017, “Leesburg” gave birth to her first calf, a male our community named “Sunset”. Researchers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute (CMARI) have been able to track mother and calf plus several other manatees who have come to make Lake County a part of their home.

Unfortunately, with an increase in numbers of manatee visits comes an increase in manatee deaths. “It is with a sad heart that we have learned of the deaths of “Leesburg” and her companion “Trevluc” due to collisions with watercraft”, says Amy Stone, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Lake County Water Authority. “We urge our citizens to stay alert and use care when along the shoreline and narrow waterways as these are the locations frequented by manatees.”