Oddly enough there is a sign along I-10 in Mobile telling us to slow down for Manatees. You can find it heading west out of Mobile.
Actually, there is a tributary of Dog River that flows northwest and under the interstate. Just before you get to the exit for Highway 193, look to the right among the bushes and trees that line the interstate for a white sign. Current road construction equipment (5/2013) may hinder your view of the sign but it’s there.
A female Manatee, named Bama, was spotted, captured and tagged in Alabama waters back in 2009. She is often spotted in the waters of Dog River and is being monitored, along with other Manatees, by Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network. She travels to other spots of the Mobile Bay’s rivers and tributaries including the area around the Battleship. You can read more about her here.
How exciting. I would love to see a Manatee. There was once one over here in Texas, but he was packed up and sent to Florida.