Mudpie, a female manatee rescued from Little Mud Creek in St Lucie County, was brought in on March 10, 2014, for a watercraft injury. At the time she was 182 centimeters long and weighed about 200 pounds. She recovered at Miami Seaquarium. By the time of her release she had grown to 270 cm long and 1,160 pounds. She was released back at Little Mud Creek on February 22, 2017, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.
03/18/2017 04:00 PM
03/16/2017 12:15 PM
She found a canal system in Vero Beach which seems like a bit of a hot spot. There were 11 others with her in her area including 3 mother-calf pairs, and more groups clustered through the canal. She rested on bottom, then grouped with the others at the surface. Water temperature was 20C.
03/15/2017 10:00 AM
Mudpie was observed in the Habour Branch canal in Indian River, then leaving with one other animal, heading east. Her face is still dark in color, and her respiration rates were 3-4 minutes. Mudpie continued north off Round Island Park. High winds and choppy water conditions.
03/08/2017 09:10 AM
Mudpie milled through the canals north of Harbour Branch Research Institute with 7 adults and one mother-calf pair, eventually ending up in a northern canal where she and others drank from a hose that was attached to a dock and left running. Her respiration intervals were 3-5 minutes. Then Mudpie began bottom-resting after an hour, with breathing intervals of 8-10 minutes.
03/06/2017 09:10 AM
Mudpie moved through the canals on the west bank of Indian River in the Vero Shores area with a total of 10 other animals, at times being pursued by 3. Part way through the observation she left the canals to go out to the river, returning 35 minutes later with other animals. At times the behavior turned to mating.
03/02/2017 09:15 AM
Mudpie was seen by herself on the east bank of Indian River just south of Avalon State Park. She spent the majority of the observation period milling and exploring around the mangrove islands, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes. She did have gas during the observation. Mudpie eventually moved into a marina on the north side of Ocean Resorts, milled for a few moments, and then began bottom resting under a raised boat.
02/25/2017 10:16 AM
Mudpie was milling alone when I found her. There were brief periods she could possibly been feeding, but I wasn't able to verify it. Later on in the visual she found a small group out near the center of Bear Point Cove. She socialized and cavorted with 3 other animals for roughly 40 minutes. Her entire tail breached the water at one point. Respiration intervals were 2-5 minutes, and water temperature in the area was 23C.