Manatee - Up Close

Save the Manatee Club is going digital to host a day of celebration for the marine mammal.

Wednesday, March 25, is the conservation group’s annual Manatee Appreciation Day, an occasion for people to show their support for the marine mammal by visiting waterfront parks or wildlife refuges. 

However, with local manatee viewing areas being closed off to the public because of COVID-19, Save the Manatee is hosting a daylong virtual event online with manatee photos, videos, quizzes, contests, and Q&A sessions to promote awareness.

To access the interactive activities and for more information about the organization’s efforts and how to donate, visit or

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet and former Florida governor and U.S. senator Bob Graham founded Save the Manatee Club in 1981 with a mission to protect manatees and their habitats.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or

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