Ecology of Manatees (Trichechus manatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida

A field study of manatee ecology and behavior was conducted on West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Florida during 1979 and 1980. The manatee population studied inhabited Blue Spring Run, Volusia County, Florida, and the St. Johns River basin. A total of 15 manatees was telemetered with radio frequency transmitters allowing individuals to be relocated and followed. Four main topics were investigated: 1) seasonal movements, 2) activity patterns and time budget, 3) social and reproductive behavior, and 4) food habits.

Publisher - University of Minnesota

Subjects - Mammal, Manatee; Ecology