About Ice Cube

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 1366

Ice Cube, a male manatee found in Charlotte Harbor, was rescued on January 21, 2015, for cold stress. He was 171 centimeters long and weighed 205 pounds when he was brought in. He was rehabilitated at Lowry Park Zoo and then South Florida Museum, and grew to 251 centimeters long and 735 pounds. He was released at TECO power plant in March 2017 and monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 11/11/2017 09:37 AM
    • He was hanging out with one large and one medium-sized adult in a canal on the south side of Palma Sola Bay.  They stayed in a loose group on bottom and on the surface, staying calm but not going to sleep, and milled along the north side of the canal.

  2. 11/02/2017 09:53 AM
    • Ice Cube was between socializing with 4 other animals and then breaking away to mill for short periods of time, then go back to the group to continue socializing with tactile interactions.

  3. 10/30/2017 09:56 AM
    • Ice Cube was with one other adult down a canal off the south bank of Palma Sola Bay.  They appeared to be just waking up from sleeping on the surface and then stayed together, drifting on the surface for a while.  Their respirations were 4-5 minutes apart.

  4. 10/26/2017 10:54 AM
    • Ice Cube was first spotted bottom-resting close to one of the floating docks at the park until another animal started playing with his tag. He did move away, but went back and socialized quite a bit with the others. There were a total of 8 adults and 2 calves, and 2 animals kept playing with his tag which provided a nice show for other onlookers at the park. As I was ending my visual, more animals joined in the socializing which then turned into cavorting behavior.

  5. 10/14/2017 11:30 AM
    • Ice Cube was at Portosueno Park with his cohorts, a group of seven, socializing and cavorting. He would break away periodically, but then seemed to get coerced back into the group.

  6. 10/06/2017 09:44 AM
    • Ice Cube showed back up at the hot spot and was socializing and cavorting in a group of 10.  The others in the group tolerated my in-water approach, so Ice Cube was also fine with it and received a tag exchange.  Ice Cube looks very good, with a good body condition and a rounded belly.

  7. 10/03/2017 10:02 AM
    • Ice Cube and one other adult were milling south of the hot spot at Portosueno Park, then feeding on the floating halodule and syringonium.  Winds were very high at 19 mph but the two stayed about 300 yards out from shore where there were grass beds on the bottom.

  8. 09/29/2017 11:16 AM
    • Ice Cube and 3 other animals were milling close to the east bank of Palma Sola Bay. At one point they appeared to be browsing for food, but then began to slowly move south along the bank. There was a cavorting group of 9 animals not far from them.

  9. 09/22/2017 11:41 AM
    • Still with a group of 3, Ice Cube and the others were slowly moving south along the bank of the southeast corner of Palma Sola Bay, but the predominant activity was feeding.  There was a lot of halodule there, mostly green and fresh but there was some brown.

  10. 09/13/2017 12:44 PM
    • Ice Cube is doing well after the hurricane.  He was seen traveling and milling slightly off the coast of the northeast corner of Palma Sola Bay in a group with 4 others.  Respirations 3-4 minutes apart.  They stopped occasionally to be tactile and socialize in their group near the surface, not quite cavorting.  No new marks on Ice Cube. Lots of floating vegetation in the area.

  11. 08/31/2017 01:19 PM
    • He and 4 other animals were a little bit out into the bay from Palma Sola Park, socializing in a group and occasionally separating and milling for short periods.  They got back together into a group and it turned to cavorting.  There were 7 more animals at Portosueno Park.

  12. 08/21/2017 11:24 AM
    • Ice Cube and 3 other animals had wandered south from the hotspot Palma Sola Park two miles down the small creek.  They were feeding on grasses along the side of the creek and then continued south with stop and start milling and feeding.  Ice Cube's belly looked good, slightly round, and his peduncle has a small roll of fat around it.

  13. 08/12/2017 01:15 PM
    • He was as usual with other animals, at first in the sheltered little park on the east side of Palma Sola Bay socializing and entertaining visitors at the marina.  He and the large group of at least 7 other animals broke off into smaller groups of 2 and 3 and began to trickle out of the park, then stopped at a spot in the bay where they fed for about 15 minutes.  A jet ski startled them for a few minutes, but they came back after it passed by and resumed feeding.

  14. 08/04/2017 10:39 AM
    • He was seen in Palma Sola Bay with a total of about 9 animals, at first in 2 loose groupings but then they all joined and socialized, some at the surface and some on bottom.  It looked like it might turn to cavorting but not quite.  Lots of vegetation on bottom and floating.

  15. 07/29/2017 11:56 AM
    • Ice Cube has been exploring the south side of Cockroach Bay and creeks running south from it this week, and today he was seen feeding in the southwest corner.  One other animal was with him.  They milled away slightly from my boat, then stopped to feed some more, and then continued milling north.

  16. 07/22/2017 09:13 AM
    • Ice Cube was seen in the southern area of lower Little Manatee River with 3 other animals. He went back and forth between socializing with them and milling throughout the entire visual.

  17. 07/16/2017 10:23 AM
    • Initially spotted him bottom-resting close to the south of the bank of lower Little Manatee River, alone, with respirations 8-9 minutes apart.  Two animals were swimming towards him and all three began to socialize, then Ice Cube would break away and mill along the bank for a bit, then socialize with them again. This went back and forth for about 40 minutes. All three then began to travel west. There was a wide variety of vegetation available in the area.

  18. 07/05/2017 01:22 PM
    • He found a quiet spot to bottom-rest by himself near the fork of two small canals in Ruskin Inlet, under some mangrove branches.  Respirations were 9 minutes apart.  He was given an in-water body condition and looked very good, with a flat to slightly rounded belly and fat around shoulders and peduncle.  He has no marks on his dorsal surface.

  19. 07/02/2017 01:14 PM
    • Ice Cube was with 4 other animals in Cockroach Bay. They all alternated between socializing and milling during the visual.

  20. 06/24/2017 03:14 PM
    • Ice Cube did a lot of heavy traveling today, moving fast and holding his tag mostly down.  He went from Cockroach Bay down to the lower Little Manatee River.

  21. 06/22/2017 11:12 AM
    • Ice Cube was originally at the east end of Cochroach Bay, then milled down a very narrow creek that opens up into a little cove.

  22. 06/16/2017 10:50 AM
    • He was seen at the east end of Cockroach Bay, socializing actively near the surface about 300 yards from the bank, and then it turned to an enthusiastic mating herd.  He was with a group of 5 other animals and then a few more joined in. Twice the mating would go on for about 20 minutes with a 10-minute break of milling in between.

  23. 06/06/2017 09:18 AM
    • Ice Cube was seen east of Sand Key in Tampa Bay with 3 other animals, within a quarter mile of Sarasolo plus two others. As storms were coming in and the wind was picking up it appeared as if both were heading back into Little Manatee River after milling around for a bit with other animals. Lots of seagrass available in the area.

  24. 06/02/2017 11:22 AM
    • Ice Cube was first spotted milling along the south part of Little Manatee River where there was a lot of vegetation, including pennywort, sagittaria, and turtle grass. Three other animals were with him and they went back and forth between socializing and milling.

  25. 05/23/2017 11:00 AM
    • Ice Cube was seen bottom-resting in a canal in lower Little Manatee River. Shortly after we turned the motor off and anchored, he began to travel south into the river with two other animals. They milled around for a while before resting again.

  26. 05/17/2017 10:17 AM
    • Ice Cube was first spotted bottom-resting in Little Manatee River about a mile east of I-75, with breaths every 6-7 minutes. He then milled around the north bank before an animal approached him, and he began to socialize with 2 others.

  27. 05/09/2017 10:51 AM
    • Ice Cube was observed by a resident eating grass with 4 other animals in Little Manatee River just west of I-75. They fed for about an hour, then left. Afterward he socialized with two of the other animals, then milled by himself for a while.

  28. 05/01/2017 11:48 AM
    • Ice Cube was bottom resting with one other animal in lower Little Manatee River when we first spotted him. Shortly after we turned the motor off, he approached with his friend to inspect, then immediately turned around. He seemed to be foraging, heading toward an area where there was a downed tree and lifted himself out of the water to grab whatever peaked his interest and ate it. It is clear that the larger animal Ice Cube is with is the leader. Once more they came over to briefly inspect the boat while the motor was turned off; his friend is extremely curious and he followed.

  29. 04/29/2017 12:03 PM
    • At first, Ice Cube and one other animal were milling along the south bank of a small creek branch off lower Little Manatee River.  Soon boat traffic began to pick up a little and they continued south but at a travel, with Ice Cube often pulling his tag under.

  30. 04/21/2017 10:23 AM
    • When we caught up with Ice Cube about 7 miles down the Little Manatee River it looked like it might be another traveling day for him and foiled attempt of a body condition assessment for us.  But he and his 3 companions eventually slowed down to socialize in a little creek branch off the river.  He tolerated an in-water approach surprisingly well and looks very good, still having a rounded belly.  A wide variety of food is available in the habitat he has been choosing for the last month.

  31. 04/17/2017 03:54 PM
    • Ice Cube was seen on the north side of the channel in Little Manatee River, just south of Wildcat Cove boat ramp. He and his 3 friends spent the whole visual traveling north up the river, staying to the north/east bank.

  32. 04/10/2017 11:46 AM
    • Ice Cube was with three friends socializing and milling in a quiet area of Little Manatee River. Residents in the area said that the three of them are in that canal frequently and neighbors keep an eye on them.

  33. 04/09/2017 10:50 AM
    • Ice Cube socialized with 4 adults and one mother calf pair in southern Little Manatee River near a fork between creek branches. Three of Ice Cube's friends were extremely active in cavorting.  Ice Cube joined in, then stayed on the sidelines and just socialized.  The mother-calf pair in the area also remained on the sidelines.  Two small gators there as well, and lots of fish.

  34. 04/04/2017 11:06 AM
    • Ice Cube was just outside of the freshwater canal in Little Manatee River where he was previously seen, further to the south, milling with two other animals.

  35. 04/01/2017 10:47 AM
    • Ice Cube was socializing in a freshwater canal in lower Little Manatee River with three other animals. All were primarily hanging out on the bottom. Respirations were 4-5 minutes apart.

  36. 03/27/2017 12:16 PM
    • Ice Cube travelled the shoreline of Bolster Bayou in Little Manatee River for most of the observation. He was by himself and at one point came over to check out the boat.  He was a consistent dark gray color with no signs of cold stress and no visible marks.

  37. 03/22/2017 07:15 PM
    • Ice Cube was seen milling by himself near docks along the shoreline several miles down Little Manatee River.

  38. 03/20/2017 11:32 AM
    • Ice Cube and 2 other adults were socializing, mostly on bottom, in one of the small branches of Little Manatee River. Water there was completely fresh and lots of food around. Ice Cube's respiration was 4 minutes apart and the small group was active, staying together. Water temperature was 19C.

  39. 03/17/2017 09:45 AM
    • Ice Cube and one other animal were socializing mid-water column at a park in Little Manatee River.  4-minute respiration intervals for both and both looked good; water temperatures haven't gotten concerning there yet at 19C.

  40. 03/16/2017 10:23 AM
    • He seems to be hanging with the same manatees he was with last week in Little Manatee River traveling south. He stopped to mill with the others before traveling into the inlet. Water temperature 21C.

  41. 03/15/2017 10:08 AM
    • Ice Cube was seen traveling and quickly milling down Ruskin Inlet in Little Manatee River, going into canals. Traveling and milling was social, clearly following the others he was with--a good sign as the week progresses and temperatures drop. Respiration rates 3-4 minutes with the effort of traveling. Water temperature was 20 C, and all in the group looked good. Later in the day, three more manatees joined their group and socialized in the inlet canals.

  42. 03/11/2017 03:46 PM
    • Ice Cube has found a small alcove about one mile down Little Manatee River and was seen milling there with at least 4 other animals. His respiration intervals were 4 minutes apart. He responded to our vessel by milling away.

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