DISL’s Manatee Sighting Network




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Support our License Plate Program

MSN is introducing a new license plate design featuring the Manatee Sighting Network logo on the current Alabama plate. Here's what you need to know about the new plate:

  • To produce this plate, we must obtain 250 pre-commitments within one year of our application's approval.
  • This plate will carry an annual fee of $50, over 80% of which will be donated to MSN as a tax-deductible contribution.
  • If after 5 years of production, we obtain 1000 purchased plates in the preceding year, we can reapply for production of our full plate design.
  • If we fail to obtain the required number of pre-commitments before the one year deadline, $48.75 of your $50 fee can be refunded to you, or if you choose, can be retained by MSN as a tax-deductible donation.

To pre-commit to our new plate design, email manatee@disl.org

Include your name, address, and telephone number, and we will send you a pre-commitment form. Complete the form and return it to us. Include your $50 check now, or wait, and we will contact you for payment once we obtain the required 250 signatures.

Sighting reports from the public make a difference!


Help us find, study, and protect these wide-ranging animals! For more information on this study please visit our project page.

  Report manatee sightings 24 hours a day:

  • On-line at manatee.disl.org
  • Call toll free: 1-866-493-5803
  • Email manatee@disl.org  ​

Manatees in Halls Mill Creek, AL 2013
Credit:MSN Contributor

Please give as much of the following information as possible:

  • Date and time of sighting (military time 24 hr clock)
  • Location of sighting with as much detail as possible, including an associated street address, waterway name, and (if possible) GPS coordinates
  • Name and phone number or e-mail address of reporting party
  • Number of animals and approximate size
  • Any distinguishing marks, scars (these details are important because manatees can be identified by scar patterns)
  • What they were doing (swimming, floating, foraging; improve your sighting by using standard behavior codes)
  • How they were spotted (from boat, dock, etc.)
  • Please send a photograph/.jpg, if one was taken (but don't get too close to the manatees).

All Reports to DISL's Manatee Sighting Network will automatically be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Daphne, AL.

  • Manatees need plenty of space. Please do not do anything to alter their natural behavior, entice, scare, or "harass" them.
  • The best rule of thumb is to stay at least 100 feet from manatees.
  • If you spot one, don't chase them, feed them, or touch them; give us a call as soon as possible, and we will get to work!