About Ice Cube

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 158608

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 03/22/2017 07:15 PM
    • Ice Cube was seen milling by himself near docks along the shoreline several miles down Little Manatee River.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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