About Sarasolo

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 64241

Sarasolo was found in Philippi Creek in Sarasota County as a male calf with cold stress. He was 181 centimeters long and weighed 276 pounds at his rescue on March 2, 2015. He was brought to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa to recuperate and then transferred to South Florida Museum for continued care. He has now grown to 243 centimeters and 668 pounds. Sarasolo was released on February 2, 2017, at TECO power plant in Tampa and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 04/17/2017 12:10 PM
    • Sarasolo and 5 other animals were found bottom-resting in a canal within E.G. Simmons Park in Tampa Bay.  I approached him for an in-water body condition and fortunately he tolerated it well, turning slowly to me but allowing me to feel him.  He looks very good, with a slightly rounded belly and some fat around his peduncle and shoulders.  Within the canals there is a large variety of food, and on that day it was quiet as far as boaters and people.

  2. 04/10/2017 10:01 AM
    • Sarasolo and two other animals were milling in a canal off the golf course at Apollo Beach.

  3. 04/09/2017 12:55 PM
    • There were only about 10 animals at TECO this afternoon.  Sarasolo was very social in one of two groups, and the animals with him at the surface were grabbing his tag.

  4. 04/04/2017 12:45 PM
    • Sarasolo was first spotted entering the boat ramp area of E.G. Simmons Park from the bay. He was by himself and milled around for a while, then began to travel into the canal of Mangrove Point. A lot of smaller fishing boats in the area, but they did not get close and didn’t seem to change his behavior.

  5. 04/01/2017 01:03 PM
    • Sarasolo was spotted alone just north of the Little Harbor Pier in Tampa Bay. He was by himself and milling for about 25 minutes before traveling southwest further into the bay.

  6. 03/26/2017 11:47 AM
    • Sarasolo was milling with 13 other animals in the canal at TECO, and staying in the general area between the boardwalk and viewing platform at the viewing center. Very few animals hanging out in the area today.

  7. 03/21/2017 10:23 AM
    • Sarasolo was very active today! At first he was resting on bottom in the TECO viewing area with regular breaths every 7-8 minutes. After about 20 minutes he began socializing with two other animals, one which kept mouthing his tag. He then proceeded to chase an animal into a cavorting group of 5 others and participated for a few minutes before swimming away and socializing in other groups. At least 100 other animals in the outflow today.

  8. 03/18/2017 12:00 PM
    • Sarasolo was resting on bottom and then milling around within the group at TECO.

  9. 03/16/2017 11:49 AM
    • Sarasolo was socializing with two other animals at TECO when first spotted, then proceeded to mill around the canal about halfway from the viewing center.

  10. 03/15/2017 01:33 PM
    • Sarasolo was an early arriver at TECO among a group of more than 30 animals in the afternoon.  Some were surface-resting by the viewing platform, but Sarasolo and 10 other adults his size or larger were actively traveling together halfway down the canal. Water temperature at TECO was 28 C.

  11. 03/10/2017 12:25 PM
    • Sarasolo was observed traveling mostly by himself within the Teco power plant outflow area, though there were around 20 other animals there. He traveled west along the seawall past the smokestacks and then moved back towards the mangroves. He milled for around 45 minutes along the seawall.

  12. 02/28/2017 10:38 AM
    • Sarasolo was observed traveling by himself into the boat ramp area at E.G. Simmons Park from Tampa Bay. A boat was idling toward him as they were going out into the bay and he paid no attention. He milled around the boat ramp area, then left and traveled south into the canal between the park and Mangrove Point.

  13. 02/20/2017 10:23 AM
    • Sarasolo was observed milling with one other animal in the TECO canal at first, then rested on the bottom for half an hour.  When he woke he was seen milling and socializing with 4-5 animals in the canal.  Around 50 other animals were in the discharge today.

  14. 02/16/2017 11:32 AM
    • Sarasolo was observed milling with 2 animals at TECO power plant in the early afternoon. He socialized with the 2 animals, going between the first outflow and viewing deck at TECO.  At least 50 other animals at the discharge that day.

  15. 02/13/2017 11:41 AM
    • Sarasolo was first observed traveling north by himself in the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, then stopped to eat mangroves for about 45 minutes on the south side of the manatee viewing trail/boardwalk.  He is definitely ahead of the curve, feeding this soon after his release, as most naive manatees do not begin feeding on natural vegetation for several weeks directly after release.

  16. 02/09/2017 01:00 PM
    • Sarasolo was observed traveling from outside TECO into the power plant outflow early in the afternoon.  He was seen cavorting with one animal in the viewing area, then traveled back down the waterway towards Tampa Bay.  Respirations were 1-2 minutes apart when traveling.

  17. 02/05/2017 10:23 AM
    • He was milling east of Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, south of TECO canal entry with about 12-15 other animals around him. Since his release on 2/2/17, he has been traveling in and out of the canals and not venturing too far into the bay or for very long when he does.

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