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. 03/05/2018 10:39 AM
    • Ice Cube traveled north up the northern bank of Little Manatee River from around the I-75 overpass. He was by himself and was not approachable for an in-water body condition in preparation for hopefully deeming him a success and cutting off his equipment.

  2. 02/21/2018 11:15 AM
    • Although Ice Cube isn't traveling far yet, I was concerned when it looked like he wasn't leaving the TECO canal.  There are grass beds immediately south of the canal though, and that is where he and 2 other animals were today, appearing to browse on bottom vegetation.

  3. 02/17/2018 12:50 PM
    • Ice Cube and 3 other adults were socializing and staying still at the surface near the end of the canal at TECO.

  4. 02/09/2018 12:30 PM
    • Ice Cube and Sarasolo, along with 2 other animals, were milling near each other in the bay just south of the TECO tidal walk/pier.  Eventually they were along the opposite side of the bay near the shoreline.  One wild animal was observed throwing its head back, indicating feeding.

  5. 02/06/2018 11:20 AM
    • Ice Cube bottom-rested against the wall of outflow 2 at TECO.  There were about 45 animals left in the canal.

  6. 02/05/2018 10:35 AM
    • Camlee and Ice Cube were both in the area between discharges 1 and 2, where about 40-50 animals were gathered.  They were both social and moving around between groups.

  7. 02/03/2018 01:15 PM
    • He rested on bottom in a large group of about 50 animals near the viewing platform across from outflow 2 and outflow 3.  The group dove when something startled them, and he traveled over to outflow 1 where he eventually settled down to surface-rest along the west wall of outflow 1.

  8. 01/31/2018 10:22 AM
    • Ice Cube bottom-rested under the viewing platform at TECO with 8 other animals and a mother/calf pair during the entire visual. Respirations were 8-9 minutes apart.

  9. 01/27/2018 10:40 AM
    • Ice Cube was socializing with a large group of animals at TECO, then went off and milled before finding a spot to rest with 9 other animals, including a mother/calf pair.

  10. 01/25/2018 10:52 AM
    • Ice Cube was resting on the surface at TECO when we arrived.  Later he milled over to a group of smaller animals and began to socialize.  He went between milling and socializing for the remainder of visual. Very active.

  11. 01/24/2018 10:10 AM
    • Ice Cube was discovered bottom-resting near the north end of the viewing platform with 3 other animals resting nearby. He did mill around for about 20 minutes after resting for 25, then went back to resting in a different spot.  It looked like there were around 400 animals in the canal.

  12. 01/21/2018 10:24 AM
    • Ice Cube was seen bottom resting with a mother/calf pair and another juvenile resting right next to him. They were right by the shore near the viewing platform. His respiration intervals were 7-9 minutes. There were at least 400 animals in the canal.

  13. 01/18/2018 10:18 AM
    • He started out in the corner near the back wall with Sarasolo, socializing and also moving to the corner near the viewing platform around the time Sarasolo did. Eventually he and a small group of others ended up right under the viewing platform very close to the beach and allowed a really good look at him. He has some white in the rims of his nostrils and somewhat of a halo tail, but his belly is still rounded and looks good as does the rest of his skin.

  14. 01/12/2018 11:46 AM
    • Ice Cube was first spotted near the viewing platform and was social with several groups of other animals throughout the visual. He seemed to be enjoying the warmth of the canal with all of the other species in there. He did approach a cavorting group but did not get involved.

  15. 01/11/2018 10:05 AM
    • Ice Cube spent time in social groups east of the first discharge and somewhat near the back wall at TECO. He was approached for an in-water body condition and swam a few feet away at first, then tolerated a feel of his belly and view of him all over. He has a few barnacles on his back but no lesions and his face looks good. His belly definitely has roundness to it. He stayed around for a long time after I had approached but then a mass startling of the group sent him further down the canal.

  16. 01/05/2018 08:30 AM
    • Ice Cube is back at TECO this morning! He found his own way there during the night and fortunately still looks all right. No blistering on his face. Respirations at 3.5-4 min apart and social this morning. Sarasolo as well as several hundred others are also there.

  17. 01/04/2018 02:40 PM
    • Since his relocation to TECO in December, Ice Cube has come and gone from the plant twice, most recently spending the past week there and, probably having gotten hungry, going out to the Alafia River last night. This morning he traveled back south towards TECO but unfortunately made a wrong turn into the intake canal just north of the discharge. This afternoon he is by himself near the end of the canal where water temp is 13C. His face still looks good, no cold stress on nostrils or in facial creases as of now, and he is bottom-resting, respirations 9 min apart with triple breaths which is commonly seen while resting. Current at least at this part of the canal doesn’t seem enough that he has to fight it. I will be back out for another visual tomorrow morning and have begun rescue plans if he is not back at TECO by morning.

  18. 01/01/2018 01:38 PM
    • Ice Cube was between the two discharges in the canal at TECO, among a pretty good crowd. He socialized in a small group, and even cavorted briefly.

  19. 12/29/2017 10:25 AM
    • He was heavily social the entire time, spending time in large groups at TECO where there was a lot of tactile interaction and other animals playing with his tag. There were about 100 animals there.

  20. 12/21/2017 09:35 AM
    • Ice Cube was with three other animals traveling east into the Alafia River at a pretty steady pace. They traveled along the south bank past the marina, where earlier the three had been milling around the docks for about 30 minutes. Water temperature was 24 Celsius.

  21. 12/16/2017 10:42 AM
    • Ice Cube was bottom resting along the north side of the canal at TECO, between the two discharge vents, along with 100+ animals doing the same. Two times he did briefly nuzzle with another animal, but then went back to resting.

  22. 12/14/2017 12:58 PM
    • Ice Cube was successfully captured by FWC, South Florida Museum, and Sea to Shore Alliance. His tag made an early and sudden move north up into Anna Maria Sound so we were hopeful that he was with the group and they were making the move to TECO, but when found Ice Cube was alone and heading south again. When captured, he had mild cold stress and some blistering on the tail, but thankfully mild enough to warrant relocation instead of going back into critical care. There were about 160 animals at TECO. Ice Cube remained there after capture and into the night.

  23. 12/11/2017 11:57 AM
    • Ice Cube was again at the park with the same large group.  Later in the day they milled out to the center of the bay and fed for nearly an hour, including Ice Cube.  Vegetation choices are more varied out there.  Water temperature at the park held steady at 18.8 Celsius. However, since he hasn't begun a significant move towards TECO, and with more cold nights predicted this week, we may need to rescue him.

  24. 12/10/2017 10:14 AM
    • In a very large group at Portosueno Park, Ice Cube was cavorting and being very social, at times really boisterous and then quieter socializing but very actively engaged the whole time.  All faces in the crowd looked good at this point, with no blisters. Water temperature there was 18.5 Celsius.

  25. 12/05/2017 08:45 AM
    • Ice Cube's group had a few more members this morning when he was seen socializing in the hot spot in the canals on the south side of Palma Sola Bay.  He was with 4 other adults.

  26. 12/04/2017 11:06 AM
    • In today's visual there was one large animal trying to sleep in the canal system that Ice Cube and another adult closer to his size kept wanting to wake up and socialize with.  He kept moving off a little ways and the two of them would socialize with each other, then go over to nudge the larger one.  Eventually they all settled down to bottom-rest together.  Very cute.

  27. 11/30/2017 08:31 AM
    • He was seen in southern Palma Sola Bay near the center, social as usual with a smaller group of 4 other adults, nosing and being tactile while on the surface.  A few times the group may have started feeding in a stop and start way but I was not able to confirm it.

  28. 11/22/2017 10:41 AM
    • After having gone out to the middle of the bay the previous day, he returned to the hot spot at the end of this canal with a group again of at least 5 adults and one mother-calf pair.  They socialized near the surface. A body condition assessment for Ice Cube showed that he currently looks good; his belly has some rounding and no folds, and the belt fits well.

  29. 11/20/2017 11:10 AM
    • Ice Cube was being very social, cavorting and socializing with some of the 8 others that were there at the end of the canal on the south side of Palma Sola Bay.  His face as well as everyone else's looks good and normal, with no blisters.  Ice Cube had gas halfway through the visual.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 03/22/2017 07:15 PM
    • Ice Cube was seen milling by himself near docks along the shoreline several miles down Little Manatee River.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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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