About Jilola

Gender: Female
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Jilola is a female manatee rescued on January 26, 2016, for cold stress. At the time of her rescue in Jim Long Lake, Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County, she was 201 centimeters long and weighed 300 pounds. She was rehabilitated at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and has now grown to 610 pounds and 239 centimeters. Jilola was released on January 30, 2017, in Orange River in Fort Myers, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 03/16/2017 09:48 AM
    • Unfortunately Jilola did not return to Manatee Park or any of the secondary spots where we searched in the Ft Myers area today, but there weren't very many animals in those spots either as the front is a bit weaker there.

  2. 03/09/2017 09:48 AM
    • We are continuing to listen for Jilola’s belt and tag in her known areas and branching out from there. Unfortunately she has not been relocated yet.

  3. 03/08/2017 03:10 PM
    • Jilola's tag has stopped working.  We are searching for her throughout her range since her release.

  4. 03/01/2017 11:30 AM
    • Jilola has found Salt Lake in Cayo Costa. Great habitat, tons of food, about 20-30 animals in this tiny lake and many of them cavorting, as well as a large crocodile swimming around with its back out of the water, and gators.  Unfortunately it’s also very crowded with tour boats, charters, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.  Jilola was being followed by 4 animals of her size.  She is very good at avoiding boats.  She now has a 6-inch scrape on her back about an inch wide but topical only.  Otherwise she looked good.

  5. 02/18/2017 10:29 AM
    • She rested on bottom for about 15 minutes with 5 other animals near the entrance to the Caloosahatchee. While still in the Orange River a fishing boat approached near her, causing her to swim away but she was slow to initially respond, and then she headed into the Caloosahatchee.  She milled around each of the first three crab pots, pushing the second one about 2 feet and then swam on to the third before heading to Rookery island.  She explored the area and crossed the channel to the north side of the Caloosahatchee. Breaths were on average every 4-6 minutes while milling.  A lot of boat traffic today.

  6. 02/15/2017 11:00 AM
    • Jilola was seen slowly moving upriver at a milling pace, not traveling, at the southern tip of Buzzard Roost Island in the Caloosahatchee River near the train bridge. It was extremely choppy in the 20 mph winds and I was unable to confirm if other animals were in the area.

  7. 02/11/2017 12:10 PM
    • She was found resting on bottom at the entrance to the kidney bean section of Manatee Park with several other animals. A mother and two calves swam toward the kidney bean, and Jilola went directly to the left side of the mother and began to rub against her, then followed the trio into the outflow current and on into the Orange River where she turned left heading east just beyond the kayak launch area.  She stayed in that area with them for another 10 minutes and then headed to the south bank across from the kayak launch where she milled and remained to the end of the observation.

  8. 02/09/2017 04:35 PM
    • She was traveling with another manatee in the Caloosahatchee River, on the north side between Cape Coral Bridge and Midpoint Bridge. Respirations observed were 4-6 minutes apart, and the water temperature there was 24C. She was traveling eastbound up the Caloosahatchee. Water conditions were choppy.

  9. 02/08/2017 11:15 AM
    • Jilola was hanging out on bottom, by herself, near the viewing platform at Manatee Park. Her respiration intervals were on average 4 minutes.  Unfortunately non-stop kayakers came around her, causing her to dive or move away.  Once the kayakers were gone she would move back to the exact same spot and be still.  Perhaps she was trying to rest.  I had to call out to several kayaks to move away from her.  Luckily nobody attempted to touch her.  Eventually Jilola swam away, going up the river. Manatee Park had already put up signs educating kayakers to keep their distance by the time of her release.

  10. 02/04/2017 05:25 PM
    • Jilola was seen milling her way back to Orange River along the north bank of Rt. 80 (formerly Manatee World launch). She spends a lot of time deep enough to have her tag submerged.  In clearer water, I observed her pec-walking along bottom as she explored.

  11. 02/03/2017 03:12 PM
    • Yesterday afternoon Jilola moved west about 6 miles down the Caloosahatchee to Shell Creek, so we got another visual on her today.  She traveled back east and was by herself in a canal on the north bank, milling in an exploratory way.  Water temperature was 19.5C.  This evening she has moved a little further towards the Orange River.

  12. 02/01/2017 11:32 AM
    • She was exploring in and around the marker 5 area just inside the mouth of the Orange River. She was social, sticking close to 5 adults and hanging out on bottom with her tag submerged.  At least 30 adults and 2 calves were in the group.

  13. 01/31/2017 03:31 PM
    • Jilola was seen socializing and milling with at least 6 other animals at the mouth of Orange River. She seems to be very social, staying close to other animals the entire visual.  She did not react to boats passing by as close as 50 feet, but the wild animals had no reaction either.  Water temp at this location was the same as at the fence line into the power plant outflow. Respiration intervals were 4-6 minutes.

Data map is currently not present for Jilola.