About Mudpie

Gender: Female
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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.

  1. 02/08/2020 05:00 PM
    • Mudpie was rescued again in St. Lucie County. She was very thin and had grounded herself in shallow water. She was transported to Miami Seaquarium for care. 

  2. 05/23/2017 12:54 PM
    • Today Mudpie’s entire set of gear was recovered in Indian River north of St Lucie, outside Harbor Branch Oceanographic Center. This is an area with abundant vegetation to feed on. Hopefully she is out there doing well.

  3. 05/16/2017 03:00 PM
    • After her release Mudpie was still with the 2 other animals she had immediately linked up with when she got back out there.  They milled to the bank of Little Mud Creek and were interested in the mangrove roots, though I could not confirm if Mudpie was feeding on them.  They continued to mill east along the bank, then west, and socialized in a group near the surface.

  4. 04/15/2017 08:21 AM
    • FWC responded to a call this morning that a manatee was entangled on the beach outside of Sebastian Inlet.  Locations matched up with Mudpie's tag locations.  FWC assessed and found that it was a in fact stranding situation and that Mudpie had become stranded this morning on some rocks along the beach.  Mudpie was rescued and brought in to Miami Seaquarium.  Her tracking equipment was unfortunately cut off by a citizen but was recovered.
      Mudpie has been doing very well up to this point.  She has been seen feeding on 4 occasions already and her range in the last 24 hours has been about 6 miles.  From her locations early this morning it appears she exited the inlet and then may have been trying to get back in when she stranded.  The chop in that area was likely heavy, with 18 mph winds.  She will be assessed and treated at Miami Seaquarium.

  5. 04/07/2017 01:15 PM
    • I caught Mudpie as she traveled south and east by herself, along the shore of Indian River near Hole in the Wall Island.  Very windy and choppy with moderate amount of boat traffic; Mudpie stayed towards the middle of the channel where there was adequate depth and avoided the boats.

  6. 04/01/2017 10:52 AM
    • Mudpie was found milling and feeding with 2 other animals on the northern tip of Gifford Island north of the SR 60 bridge. Approximately 25-30 minutes into the visual the group of 3 began traveling north. They stayed on the east edge of the channel, avoiding most boat traffic.

  7. 03/27/2017 09:29 AM
    • Mudpie was located feeding--again!!--in the canal in the middle of the Vero Beach Country Club. During the observation period she stayed in the same area on the north bank, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes when she was not actively feeding. Another animal joined her, feeding and socializing, and then they both milled in the area.

  8. 03/22/2017 09:15 AM
    • Mudpie spent her morning exploring the canals at Queen's Cove in Indian River, starting in the south canal and moving around the point to the north canal. She was socializing with 3 animals and fed on mangroves as she milled. According to residents of the community she has seen spending her time with several animals.

  9. 03/20/2017 09:45 AM
    • Mudpie was located bottom resting by herself under a dock at the south end of the canal between Queen's Cove and Ling Island Park. Later in the morning she began milling in the canal and then moved into a small cove where she began actively feeding on mangroves, hauling herself up in the shallows. Mudpie made her way around the cove and then moved back into the canal, continuing to mill around. Her face looked good, with a solid dark gray color.

  10. 03/18/2017 04:00 PM
    • Mudpie milled around the canal system she had popped into a few days ago on the west side of Indian River in Vero Beach.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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