About Glades

Gender: Female
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Glades is a female manatee rescued from the FPL plant in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, FL, on 10/28/09 because of an entrapment problem. She had also been orphaned. At the time she was 194 cm long and weighed 576 lbs. She has been rehabilitated at Miami Seaquarium and now weighs 737 lbs and measures 234 cm long. Glades was released near the FPL power plant in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday, 2/08/11, by Miami Seaquarium, FWC, and Sea To Shore Alliance. She was given a yellow and white tag.


  1. 03/23/2012 01:15 AM
    • Data received from Glades' tag indicated it moved over 600 miles offshore, west of the Carolinas, and circled in Gulf Stream eddies before moving south in a separate current.  The tag continued to show active dives but it was impossible to determine if activity was caused by Glades or wave action. On 3/10/12, a drastic change was noted in the duration the tag stayed underwater and on 3/15/12 the tag stopped transmitting approximately 450 miles west of Nassau. 
  2. 01/12/2012 08:25 PM
    • Since her release Glades has been adapting to the wild extremely well, first exploring canals in Miami and Coral Gables and then traveling up to the Round Island/Vero Beach areas. However, last week she moved out of Sebastian Inlet into the Atlantic and turned north. She moved offshore but then returned and continued to travel along the beach northward. Beginning Sunday night, 12/18/11, Glades had traveled northeast from the Canaveral area, right past the Canaveral lock entrance and then headed further and further offshore.  This was somewhat unexpected since she was rescued from the Port Everglades power plant in Oct 09 (for entrapment issues).  
      On Monday morning we began making inquiries and contacting MRP partners and the Coast Guard about options to quickly get offshore and verify that it was Glades moving offshore and not just her drifting tag. Because of rough sea conditions we could not use our own boat. By Monday evening, 12/19/11, she had gone nearly 40 miles northeast and appeared to be continuing out that direction toward the Gulf Stream. A conference call was held on Monday afternoon, 12/19/11, between Sea2Shore, USFWS, USGS, and FWC to get approval and plan the next steps necessary for a possible capture.  FWS would not be able to make a direct request for assistance from the Coast Guard and FWC would assist how possible, but since Glades was now in international waters, they could not respond since she was outside state jurisdiction. 
      Before enlisting other possible help in organizing a capture crew and resources needed to get us that far offshore, Sea2Shore planned to get a visual on the tag to be sure Glades was still online and in need of rescue.  Chartering a private offshore fishing boat and a TowBoat US vessel were attempted; the fishing boat ended up declining to go out in the 4-6 foot seas on Tuesday, 12/20/11, and TowBoat US said they would need some time to get a large and safe enough craft for such conditions.  To avoid waiting any longer, Ann Spellman from FWC provided us with contacts in the US Coast Guard in Mayport, who had a vessel passing through the area and tried to locate Glades using their radio directional equipment (RDF) but were unsuccessful.  We requested that the Coast Guard use their drift model to determine whether the ARGOS track was what might be expected from a drifting object or was ‘self-powered’. The drift model for floating objects in that area was significantly different from Glades’ track and gave evidence that the tag was most likely still on her.  Based on the results of that model it was determined that Glades was still tagged and moving rapidly northward. 
      Given the speed of Glades’ movement north and offshore, the Coast Guard kindly agreed to take a crew of SeaWorld Florida, Sea2Shore, and a volunteer to attempt a capture on the 175-ft buoy tender ship Maria Bray early on Wednesday, 12/21/11.  At the same time, a USCG auxiliary plane took Buddy up to track Glades and help facilitate getting the ship within sighting distance.  At that point she was 60-70 miles off the coast of northeast Florida and had moved into the Gulf Stream.  Based on the predicted track, Buddy was able to locate Glades and received very strong but intermittent signals.  Buddy got what may have been a very quick sighting of Glades from the plane but because of poor sea conditions and limited visibility from the plane he was unable to say with absolute certainty that she was with the tag.  Unfortunately the plane could only remain in the area for a limited time because of fuel supply. The coordinates were radioed to us on the Maria Bray.
      Sea2Shore staff tracking from the ship were also not able to get a visual though tracking went on continuously from Wednesday, 12/21/11, through the night until sundown on Thursday, 12/22/11.  On Wednesday evening and Thursday morning we received intermittent medium-strength signals and tried rather frantically to stay on them. However, the signals kept disappearing and sea conditions were still 4 to 6 foot seas.  The USCG kindly utilized their on-board VHF listening capabilities as well, and a second aircraft went up to spot on Thursday.  This time, though, it was an HH60 Jayhawk helicopter which, because of regulations, would not allow independent VHF tracking gear aboard, so an on-board UHF (the frequency of the satellite transmissions) was used to try to locate the tag--unsuccessfully.  Sea2Shore continued tracking until sundown on 12/22/11 but could not locate her.
      We are very, very grateful for the enthusiastic and tireless assistance from the USCG crew of the Maria Bray in Mayport, Nick and J.P. from SeaWorld Florida, and volunteer Jason Dearing, as well as Ann Spellman who provided valuable contacts to set up the trip.  Ann and Jim Reid’s input was greatly appreciated since their past experience included Zoshi’s capture which was under similar circumstances.  All hours at sea were spent tracking and every form of technology available to us was utilized, and we’re very disappointed this attempt did not come to a happier ending.
      Since then we have been monitoring the movements and data of her tag. She has turned south and traveled along the eastern margin of the Gulf Stream, outside the core of the current, about 170 miles from shore. She also seems to have slowed down. Water temperature has been 21-22C and the tag is shown to still be diving, a sign that she may still be alive.  We are hoping that she continues south. If she goes west she will get caught in the core of the Gulf Stream again and then to cross that she will be in cold water. Hopefully she will continue to make her way along the eastern margin of the stream to the Bahamas and perhaps there will be another opportunity for capture.
  3. 11/18/2011 07:46 PM
    • Glades milled and traveled with 3 other animals in Starvation Cove on Thursday, 10/27/11. The water temperature there was 26 C. She traveled by herself there on Tuesday, 11/01/11, when the temperature was 22.5 C. On Sunday, 11/06/11, she traveled with 2 others in St. Lucie. The temperature was 26 C. On Sunday, 11/13/11, she milled in Head Cove with two others, where the temperature was 26 C. She milled and traveled in Starvation Cove by herself on Thursday, 11/17/11. The water was 25 C.
  4. 10/13/2011 07:43 PM
    • Glades milled, traveled, and bottom-rested by herself on the west side of Starvation Cove in Vero Beach on Tuesday, 9/20/11.  On Monday, 9/24/11, she milled and traveled by herself on the east side of Starvation Cove, and on Thursday, 9/27/11, Glades traveled and socialized with 5 other animals on the cove’s west side.  She socialized and traveled with 2 other animals in south Starvation Cove on Saturday, 10/01/11, and then socialized, milled, and traveled with 4 other animals there on Sunday, 10/02/11.  On Tuesday, 10/04/11, she traveled around the Round Island area with 3 other animals.   She bottom-rested and then traveled with one other animal near Jack Island in the Fort Pierce area on Friday, 10/07/11, where Brenden was able to exchange her tag.  She was seen milling, traveling, and socializing with 2 other animals north of Wildcat Cove in the Fort Pierce area on Wednesday, 10/12/11.  

  5. 09/14/2011 07:40 PM
    • Glades milled and traveled by herself in the Vero Beach area on Saturday, 9/03/11. She was seen again there on On Tuesday, 9/13/11, she socialized, milled, and traveled with 3 other animals. 
  6. 09/06/2011 03:19 PM
    • 8/12/11-9/06/11: On Sunday, 8/21/11, Glades was seen in Big Starvation Cove in south Vero Beach milling, socializing, and cavorting with 4 other animals.  On Saturday, 9/03/11, she milled by herself just outside Starvation Cove.

      7/26/11-8/11/11: She surface-rested, socialized, milled, and traveled northeast with one other animal in a cove in Indian River south of Vero Beach on Sunday, 7/24/11.  

      7/12/11-7/25/11: She was seen bottom-resting and traveling by herself in St. Lucie on Thursday, 7/14/11.  On Tuesday, 7/19/11, she bottom-rested in Indian River south of Vero Beach by herself. 

      6/24/11-7/11/11: Glades was seen on Saturday, 6/18/11, bottom-resting by herself in the Intracoastal Waterway in Juno Beach.  She surface-rested and fed with one other animal near Jupiter on Thursday, 6/23/11.  On Tuesday, 6/28/11, she milled and fed with one other animal in the Hobe Sound area.  She was seen quickly traveling north in a canal in White City by herself on Friday, 7/01/11. 

      6/02/11-6/23/11: Glades was socializing with 3 other animals in Miami Bay east of Isla Grande on Thursday, 6/02/11.  Brenden was able to get an in-water assessment on her and found that she appeared to be in good condition.  On Saturday, 6/18/11, she bottom-rested by herself in Juno Beach.

      5/16/11-6/01/11: Glades was observed bottom-resting with one other animal in Coral Gables in Miami Bay on Thursday, 5/19/11.  She was feeding in Coral Gables with four other animals on Friday, 5/27/11.

      4/23/11-5/15/11: Glades fed in a canal in Coral Gables on Sunday, 4/24/11, with one other animal.  On Thursday, 4/28/11, she traveled and bottom-rested in a canal in South Miami with one other animal.  The water in the area was fresh.  She bottom-rested, socialized, and fed with nine other animals in Miami on Wednesday, 5/04/11.

      4/11/11-4/21/11: Glades was seen in a canal in Miami on Tuesday, 4/12/11.  She surface-rested, then traveled and milled.  Three other animals were nearby.

      3/25/11-4/10/11: Glades was observed in a possible mating herd with 4 other animals in a canal in Coral Gables on Sunday, 3/27/11.  On Wednesday, 4/06/11, she fed with 3 other animals in a northern Coral Gables canal.  They also socialized and traveled, and gas was seen from Glades during the visual, an indication of feeding.

      3/11/11-3/24/11: On Wednesday, 3/09/11, Glades milled by herself in a canal in Coral Gables.  Gas was seen from her during the visual, indicative of feeding.  On Thursday, 3/17/11, she had moved south in the canal system and was seen traveling east toward Biscayne Bay with 2 adults and a calf.

      3/01/11-3/10/11: She was observed on Saturday, 3/05/11, in a canal in Miami.  She was milling by herself.

  7. 04/20/2011 08:24 PM
    • 2/10/11-2/28/11: Glades was seen on Wednesday, 2/16/11, around Virginia Key in the Miami area with 3 other animals, milling, traveling, and socializing. She was seen again on Tuesday, 2/22/11, traveling and milling by herself near Dodge Island in Miami. On Friday, 2/25/11, she milled, traveled, and rested by herself there.

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