What to Do if You See a Sick, Injured, Dead, or Tagged Manatee

There are several steps you can take if you see a sick, injured, dead, or tagged manatee.

FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)
Cellular phone customers: *FWC or #FWC

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the exact location of the animal?
  • Is the manatee alive or dead?
  • How long have you been observing the manatee?
  • What is the approximate size of the manatee?
  • What is the location of the public boat ramp closest to the manatee?
  • Can you provide a contact number where you can be reached for further information?

The above information is the most important you can provide; however, any additional information will be helpful.

Important Contact Numbers



FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

Learn More at AskFWC