About Baby Coral

Gender: Female
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Baby Coral and her mother were brought together to Lowry Park Zoo upon rescue, but her mother died in captivity. When she was rescued, she weighed 185 lbs and was 168 cm. Baby Coral was released on February 27, 2009, at Three Sisters in Crystal River along with Baby Sister, another rehabilitated animal from Lowry Park Zoo. She weighed 960lbs and was 276cm long on the day of her release. Baby Coral appeared to be adapting well but after almost 11 months out in the wild, she appeared to be getting cold stress symptoms so to play it safe, she was brought back into captivity to Lowry Park Zoo on 1/08/10. She weighed 665 lbs on her second rescue. After a short time in captivity, Baby Coral was re-released back into Three Sisters in Crystal River on February 16, 2010. She weighed 785lbs and was 270cm long on the day of her second release.

  1. 04/20/2011 09:06 PM
    • 12/22/10-12/28/10: Unfortunately Baby Coral was called in deceased on Thursday morning, 12/23/10, at the north corner of Buzzard Island. FWC responded to the call and transported her to the nearest pier where FWRI was able to collect her and transport her to the pathology lab. A necropsy was performed on her that evening and found her to be in generally good health, with food in her belly and no signs of cold stress or long-term problems but indications of acute stress.

      For the past few months Baby Coral's behavior during weekly observations has been completely normal. She has mostly been observed milling with other animals and during all cold snaps so far she has gone to Main Spring, Magnolia Springs, and Three Sisters Springs. She was observed on Wednesday, 12/22/10, in a cavorting herd in Kings Bay, and had also traveled out of Kings Bay down the river during the day. Her behavior during the observation was normal.

      We are very sorry to report this distressing news and saddened by the loss of Baby Coral.

      12/13/10-12/21/10: Baby Coral was observed on Friday, 12/17/10, milling just outside the entrance to Three Sisters before going in. She spent the remainder of the observation period bottom-resting in the spring with about 180 other animals. Kayaks and swimmers in the area were careful not to disturb the sleeping animals there and a volunteer was also at the spring to enforce this.

      12/02/10-12/12/10: Baby Coral was observed on Monday, 11/29/10, bottom-resting in the sanctuary at Banana Island with at least one other animal (Little Nap). After about 50 minutes of resting she slowly traveled west out of sanctuary, then continued towards Warden Key and milled at Warden Key Sanctuary.

      11/23/10-12/01/10: Baby Coral was observed on Saturday, 11/13/10, just west of the mouth of Kings Bay across the river from Bunts Point. She was bottom-resting with 4 other animals and then feeding. Up to 8 other manatees were seen entering and leaving the area, also feeding. She did not have a visible response to the passing planing boat traffic in the nearby channel.

      11/04/10-11/22/10: Baby Coral was observed on Tuesday, 11/09/10, on the east side of Buzzard Island, then traveled to the northeast corner of Kings Bay. Water temperature was 20C.

      10/25/10-11/03/10: Baby Coral was seen with 2 other animals on Tuesday, 11/02/10, in the southwest corner of Kings Bay. She milled and stopped for a few minutes, possibly feeding. Water temperature was 24C. During the temperature drop this weekend she moved to Main Spring at Banana Island on Saturday, 11/06/10, then on Sunday, 11/07/10, began moving around Kings Bay again, looking like she is moving toward Three Sisters.

      10/14/10-10/24/10: Baby Coral was seen on Friday, 10/15/10, in the southwest corner of Kings Bay milling and socializing with 4 other animals, including Little Nap. On Thursday, 10/21/10, she milled by herself near the entrance to a canal in the northwest corner of Kings Bay.

      10/03/10-10/13/10: Baby Coral was seen on Saturday, 10/09/10, near Buzzard Island with a large group of about 12 animals. She was milling and socializing. No cavorting or mating was seen during the visual.

      9/20/10-10/02/10: Baby Coral was observed on Tuesday, 9/21/10, halfway down Crystal River with one other animal. They milled, traveled, and stopped to feed.

      9/08/10-9/19/10: Baby Coral was seen on Thursday, 9/09/10, in Crystal River. She was socializing and milling with 2 other animals. On Saturday, 9/18/10, she cavorted, milled, and fed with 4 other animals at the entrance to a canal in Kings Bay.

      8/31/10-9/07/10: Baby Coral was observed on Tuesday, 8/31/10, milling about halfway down Crystal River with one other animal. Melody obtained an in-water body condition on her in which her stomach felt somewhat flat with no folds.

      8/21/10-8/30/10: Baby Coral was seen on Friday, 8/27/10, in the northwest corner of Kings Bay north of Buzzard Island. She was with 3 other animals, and there were lots of others in the area. The group socialized and milled.

      8/11/10-8/20/10: Baby Coral was seen on Saturday, 8/14/10, in the canal by the Visitors Center just west of the fork in the river. She was by herself and bottom-resting for about an hour, then began milling north up the canal. A new scar was observed across her mid-back. Gas was observed from her during the visual.

      7/28/10-8/10/10: Baby Coral was observed on Sunday, 8/01/10, near the mouth of Crystal River at marker 2 on the north side of the river. She was by herself and feeding.

       

  2. 04/20/2011 09:05 PM
    • 7/14/10-7/27/10: Baby Coral was feeding and milling close to the channel at the mouth of Crystal River on Wednesday, 7/14/10, by herself. After several boats passed in close proximity, she swam away and was located later possibly feeding on the opposite (south) bank of the river.

      6/30/10-7/13/10: On Monday, 7/05/10, Baby Coral moved out into the river from the grass flats in the southwest corner of Kings Bay. She was at the mouth of the river by Wednesday, 7/07/10, and spent the rest of the week there.

      6/19/10-6/29/10: Baby Coral was observed on Thursday, 6/17/10, in the cove west of Buzzard Island bottom-resting with two other animals. A possible mating herd was seen about 100 feet away.

      6/10/10 6/18/10: Baby Coral was observed on Saturday, 6/12/10, at the mouth of Crystal River on the north shore near the entrance to a creek with 2 other animals. She was milling and socializing. She was seen again on Monday, 6/14/10, slightly further east down the river on the north shore with one other animal, feeding on unknown vegetation. She was feeding and milling again on Tuesday, 6/15/10, near the same area, again with one other animal.

      6/02/10 6/09/10: Baby Coral was observed on Monday, 5/31/10, in the southwest corner of Kings Bay on the northern shore of the cove. She was with 3 other animals, socializing and feeding. This corner of the bay was very quiet despite the holiday.

      5/25/10 6/01/10: Baby Coral was seen bottom-resting by herself in the cove in the southwest corner of Kings Bay on Wednesday, 5/26/10.

      5/18/10-5/24/10: On Tuesday, 5/18/10, Baby Coral was bottom-resting and milling near Warden Key in Kings Bay with one other manatee nearby. This is a very natural area with little boat traffic and ample vegetation. Unfortunately later in the day a dive boat put swimmers in the water in the vicinity of where Baby Coral had been observed earlier.

      5/11/10-5/17/10: Baby Coral was observed on Monday, 5/10/10, in Kings Bay in Crystal River. She briefly interacted with 2 different pairs of manatees, feeding with one pair and traveling with the other, but generally she milled and bottom-rested by herself among the sawgrass islands west of Kings Bay.

      Baby Coral was observed on Monday, 5/10/10, in Kings Bay in Crystal River. She briefly interacted with 2 different pairs of manatees, feeding with one pair and traveling with the other, but generally she milled and bottom-rested by herself among the sawgrass islands west of Kings Bay.

      5/06/10-5/10/10: Baby Coral was observed in the cove southwest of Buzzard Island with at least 4 other animals milling and socializing.

      4/28/10-5/05/10: Baby Coral was observed on Tuesday, 4/27/10, in the cove in the southwest corner of Kings Bay. She was by herself, but other animals were observed in the area. 

      4/20/10-4/27/10: Baby Coral was seen again in the cove southwest of Buzzard Island in Kings Bay with 3 other animals on Wednesday, 4/21/10. She fed, traveled, milled, and avoided a dive boat in the area. On Saturday, 4/24/10, she fed and milled in the same area with one other animal. Buddy got an in-water body condition assessment of her and noted that she looked good and didnt appear to have any new scars.

      4/13/10-4/19/10: Baby Coral milled in the cove southwest of Buzzard Island in Kings Bay on Monday, 4/12/10, with one other animal.

  3. 04/20/2011 09:05 PM
    • Notes before April 2010 are in chronological order

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      2/27/09: Baby Coral was released at 1:00 pm and equipped with a green and yellow tag. There were two other animals in the spring at Three Sisters including Baby Sister who was released just before Baby Coral, and Baby Coral did a lot of milling and some socializing with the other animals. When approached by snorkelers in the spring, she seemed to look at them and then turn away.

      2/28/09: After her release on Friday, 2/27/09, at Three Sisters, Baby Coral spent most of her first few hours in the wild socializing with other animals there. Today she was observed milling and bottom resting at Magnolia Spring.

      3/10/09-3/16/09: Baby Coral was observed early last week alone in the manatee sanctuary behind the main spring in Kings Bay, Crystal River, resting and moving slowly around the sanctuary. This is an area where manatees frequently feed. She joined Muddy Barron, a manatee released last year, who had been feeding along the shore line. During the latter part of the week Baby Coral moved down Crystal River and then out Salt River to the south. This is a large estuarine habitat that manatees frequent during warmer weather and contains plentiful food.

      3/17/09-3/24/09: Baby Coral was observed this week with one other animal traveling west in Crystal River near marker 24. By 3/24/09 she was back in Kings Bay. She seems to be moving up and down Crystal River.

      3/23/09-3/30/09: Baby Coral was observed Wednesday, 3/25/09, in a cove outside Three Sisters Springs. She was with several other animals and was feeding during the observation. She continues to move up and down Crystal River.

      3/30/09-4/6/09: Baby Coral continues to move back and forth along Crystal River. Sunday, 4/5/09, she stayed around western and central Kings Bay, and moved west to the bend in the river by Monday, 4/6/09.

      4/7/09-4/13/09: On Saturday, 4/4/09, Baby Coral was observed in Kings Bay, Crystal River, as the focus of a cavorting group with about 6-7 individuals. On 4/9/09, Baby Coral was observed feeding with an unknown number of other animals just north of Pete's Pier. She was observed again on 4/10/09, alone, about 1 mile west of the entrance to Kings Bay feeding along the shoreline at high tide. 

      4/15/09-4/29/09: Baby Coral has been moving up and down Crystal River. On Tuesday, 4/21/09, she was at the bend in the river. On Thursday, 4/23/09, Baby Coral was traveling outside the channel in Crystal River at the same area by the bend in the river with 2 other animals. She went into a canal to bottom-rest briefly before traveling out again with one of the other animals and socializing.

      4/27/09-5/14/09: After moving up and down Crystal River, Baby Coral has come to the mouth of the river at the gulf as of 5/9/09. This area has plenty of food.

      5/12/09-5/18/09: Baby Coral was observed on Sunday morning, 5/17/09, near the mouth of Crystal River moving along the northern shoreline away from boat traffic. She moved into a small tidal creek where she rested. Buddy made an in-water evaluation and found no folds in her belly; she appeared healthy.

      5/23/09-6/4/09: Baby Coral began traveling up and down the river again on Monday, 5/25/09, stopping at the bend in the river. On Thursday, 5/28/09, she is back at the mouth of the river again. She remained at the mouth of Crystal River and was seen feeding on Wednesday, 6/3/09. She was with 2 other animals.

  4. 04/20/2011 09:04 PM
    • 6/3/09-6/9/09: Baby Coral is still at the mouth of Crystal River slightly north of the opening and has traveled a little ways north along the coast on Sunday, 6/7/09, and then back down toward the opening on Tuesday, 6/9/09.

      6/10/09-6/15/09: Baby Coral was observed alone on Saturday, 6/13/09, downriver from Kings Bay and Bagley's Cove, feeding with several other manatees. As she moved back up the river she avoided boat traffic by traveling close to the shore line. An in-water assessment was attempted and Buddy was able to feel around the belt; Baby Coral did not appear to be thinner than expected.

      6/16/09-6/25/09: Baby Coral was seen milling and bottom-resting in Kings Bay on Wednesday, 6/24/09.

      6/26/09-7/01/09: Baby Coral has been moving up and down Crystal River from Kings Bay to the north side of the mouth of the river. She appears to feed at the mouth where there are canals and a lot of seagrasses.

      7/2/09-7/9/09: As of Thursday, 7/9/09, Baby Coral is at the mouth of Crystal River on the north edge of the gulf. She has entered the seagrass-lined canals along the mouth.

      7/9/09-7/14/09: Baby Coral moved from the north side of the mouth of Crystal River to the south side of the channel slightly into the river on Tuesday, 7/14/09.

      7/15/09-7/21/09: Baby Coral was seen feeding on seagrass in a tidal creek along the north shore of Crystal River. She was alone at the time of the observation. The time was approaching when tag batteries will start to wear out, so Buddy was able to re-tag her and give her an in-water body condition assessment. Her overall health condition appeared good: she was alert and initially elusive, he could not feel any ventral folds, and there were no scars or abrasions.

      7/22/09-7/28/09: At the beginning of the week Baby Coral was observed in Kings Bay interacting with a group of divers. On Tuesday, 7/28/09, she moved from the mouth of the river inward near the point where Salt River enters Crystal River.

      7/29/09-8/03/09: After milling up and down Salt River, Baby Coral moved west out into the gulf by Monday, 8/03/09, just south of the entrance to Crystal River. 

      8/04/09-8/10/09: Baby Coral was observed by herself on Thursday, 8/06/09, near the mouth of Crystal River outside the channel. She traveled eastward further into the river and then into a creek where she chose a spot and bottom-rested for an hour and a half.

      8/11/09-8/17/09: It was reported on Sunday, 8/9/09, that Baby Coral lost her tag. It was recovered by a dive shop and was being held at the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge. We are attempting to re-tag Baby Coral immediately.

      8/18/09-8/23/09: An attempt to locate and re-tag Baby Coral on Sunday, 8/23/09, was unsuccessful. Sea To Shore continues to try to re-tag her as soon as possible.

      8/26/09-9/8/09: Sea To Shore has responded to two sightings of Baby Coral this week, on Friday, 9/4/09, leaving Three Sisters Spring, and on Tuesday, 9/8/09, at Hunters Spring. Neither attempt was successful, but Sea To Shore continues to try to re-tag her as soon as possible.

      9/09/09-9/21/09: On Thursday, 9/17/09, Buddy re-tagged Baby Coral in Kings Bay. Ivan Vicente had tagged her on Tuesday, 9/15/09, with a temporary tag from USGS, which greatly helped the process. Her movements during the past week have been from Three Sisters Spring to Hunters Spring to Warden Key. Monica and Melody observed her on Saturday, 9/19/09, and performed an in-water body condition assessment. Baby Coral rested on bottom near Magnolia Spring, avoided snorkelers pursuing her, traveled and milled westward toward Kings Bay, and socialized with another animal near a marina. While socializing she may have been feeding but we could not confirm this.

      9/22/09-9/28/09: On Thursday, 9/24/09, Baby Coral had returned back to the mouth of Crystal River. 

      9/29/09-10/05/09: On Friday, 10/02/09, Baby Coral was found by herself at the mouth of Crystal River on the south side of the channel and then alternately milled and traveled into a small canal in the seagrasses. She fed briefly and then milled slowly very close to the vegetation line.

      10/06/09-10/13/09: Baby Coral was observed on Thursday, 10/08/09, in Halls River, a spring-fed tributary of the upper Homosassa River. Between Sunday and Monday she had made a move from Crystal River through Salt River to Homosassa River. Halls River is a manatee sanctuary and has speed zones in place. She was seen alone but she did make brief contact with other animals in the area. When first observed she was resting but then began moving upriver, sometimes stopping and likely feeding but could not be verified. No new or large scars were seen on her. In general, she rested and appeared to feed for about 30 min of the 2 hours she was observed. She also was moving slowly around within the area. Possibly she could be sampling vegetation as she explores.

  5. 04/20/2011 09:04 PM
    • 10/13/09-10/20/09: Baby Coral was seen on Monday, 10/19/09, about two and a half miles from the end of the Chassahowitzka River. She was bottom-resting and socializing with two other animals.

      10/21/09-10/26/09: This week Baby Coral moved from the Chassahowitzka River south on Saturday, 10/24/09, along the coast, and continuing south just north of Weeki Wachee and Bayport on Monday, 10/26/09.

      10/27/09-11/01/09: Baby Coral was observed on Wednesday, 10/28/09, off the coast near Spring Hill, having traveled south from Weeki Wachee that morning. She was milling, then started to move out of the canal system. An above-water visual was obtained by Monica, who confirmed that she is lean but not emaciated. No new scars were seen, but both freeze brands were visible. She is also very responsive of any noise and avoids people.

      11/02/09-11/10/09: Baby Coral has continued to travel south this week along the west coast, going from Tampa down to the Bradenton area.

      11/11/09-11/14/09: Baby Coral continued her travels southward. On Thursday, 11/12/09, she was observed at about 2:30 p.m. moving out of a boat basin across from Anna Maria Island where she spent most of the day. After moving out into open water, she steadily moved south along the eastern side of the Intracoastal Waterway. One boat passed over her and she avoided the boat by diving. She was traveling alone the entire time. As she passed close to the boat, no scars were seen and her freezebrand was visible.

      By Thursday night, 11/12/09, she had reached Longboat Key on Sarasota Bay, and by Friday, 11/13/09, she was in Pansey Bayou, a manatee sanctuary near Mote Marine Laboratory on Lido Key. We are grateful to Cannons Marina for providing us, without charge, a (very nice Grady-White) boat while ours is having the bottom scraped and painted.

      11/15/09-11/24/09: On Sunday, 11/22/09, Baby Coral continued south from Sarasota Bay down the coast, and on Tuesday, 11/24/09, she is across from Port Charlotte and just north of Englewood .

      12/01/09-12/09/09: Baby Coral has remained in relatively the same area on the west coast across from Port Charlotte this week, leaving the warm water source to feed and then returning.

      Baby Coral has continued to make her way south through Sarasota Bay to Venice and northern Lemon Bay. On Saturday, I spent about 3 hours with her, she was resting in the upper reaches of Forked Creek where there are two boat basins. Manatees frequently use these two areas as passive warm water sanctuaries and are often seen in the area. The water temperature in the basin was 22 degrees C and salinity 26 ppt. There were probably 30 manatees in the immediate area, milling and resting. The water was very turbid, churned up and manatees were moving throughout the canal system. She interacted with several individuals but appeared to be milling or resting alone. Based on her satellite track, she seems to be feeding in Lemon Bay and then returning to Forked River. 

      I'm trying to catch Baby Coral outside the Creek where the water is more clear to get an UW assessment. Her behavior was norml and encouraging that she's staying in areas where there are other manatees and sources of warmer water. I will try again this week.

      12/10/09-12/14/09: On Sunday, 12/13/09, Baby Coral was observed feeding on the western side of northern Lemon Bay with one other animal. She seems to have a regular routine of spending the afternoons and nights in Forked Creek, a passive warm water sanctuary. She then moves out to Lemon Bay to the same general area about a km south of the mouth of Forked Creek, presumably to feed. Buddy was able to do an in-water evaluation and noted that she appeared healthy and a little thin, but not emaciated. There were no signs of cold stress on her dorsum or tail.

      12/15/09-12/21/09: Baby Coral has continued her usual routine of spending time in Forked Creek and then traveling out to Lemon Bay to feed. On Sunday, 12/20/09, she spent the morning and early afternoon in Lemon Bay where she has been observed feeding in the past, and later she traveled up Forked River and was tracked to the boat basin which serves as a passive warm water sanctuary where she began resting at the boat basin. There she met up with a group of at least 12 other animals and bottom-rested.

  6. 04/20/2011 09:02 PM
    • 12/22/09-12/28/09: On Friday, 12/25/09, Baby Coral was observed in Forked Creek boat basin with at least 15 other animals. She bottom-rested next to one of the marina docks within a group of animals. It seems the animals are attracted to this basin for warmth and probably push themselves into the warmer muck for its insulation properties, and it may also produce heat from decomposition like we have seen in other places. Baby Coral is continuing her regular daily routine of resting in the basin during the evening and night then traveling to Lemon Bay to feed; however, yesterday she spent the entire day in the basin probably to celebrate Christmas with friends.

      12/29/09-1/04/10: On Saturday, 1/02/10, Baby Coral was observed in Gottfried Creek with 4-5 other animals bottom-resting in the center of the creek. She had moved south from Forked Creek which is a known secondary warm water site. Her behavior was normal. We will be attempting to observe her more closely during the passage of this cold period. Her closest warm water sanctuaries are Warm Mineral Springs, Ft. Myers power plant, and Teco power plant in Tampa Bay. Since this observation she has traveled back out to Lemon Bay.

      1/05/10-1/11/10: Baby Coral and another animal were captured on Friday, 1/08/10. Baby Coral milled and socialized with the other animal at the end of a canal system off Sarasota Bay that morning. Both animals were captured and transported to the closest boat ramp within the canal system. Baby Coral had spots of cold stress around her mouth and barnacles on her dorsal side. She looked somewhat thin but not emaciated. FWC then transported her to Lowry Park Zoo, where she will stay in order to gain weight before her next release. The other animal was released at Warm Mineral Springs, a warm water source.

      2/16/10 -2/28/10: On Tuesday, 2/16/10, Baby Coral was re-released at Three Sisters Springs by Lowry Park Zoo and Sea to Shore Alliance. She had wandered into cold water in January 2010 and was captured and brought back to Lowry Park Zoo. Baby Coral was in Magnolia Springs on Wednesday, 2/17/10, with at least 2 other animals. On Tuesday, 2/23/10, she milled in the area around Banana Island by herself, but there were other animals in the nearby area. On Thursday, 2/25/10, she milled in Magnolia Springs within the sanctuary with 5 other animals.

      3/01/10-3/08/10: On Monday, 3/01/10, Baby Coral milled by herself just south of Buzzard Island.

      3/09/10-3/15/10: Baby Coral was observed on Wednesday, 3/10/10, bottom-resting in the sanctuary at Magnolia Springs. There was a large number of animals there that day, and she was within a group of 10 animals.

      3/16/10-3/23/10: Baby Coral bottom-rested on Tuesday, 3/16/10, in Magnolia Springs with at least 10 other animals. She was again observed there on Friday, 3/19/10, socializing with other animals.

      3/24/10-3/31/10: Baby Coral was observed in the sanctuary outside Three Sisters Springs on Monday, 3/22/10, bottom-resting with about 30 other animals. On Sunday, 3/28/10, she socialized and milled with 3 other animals in the sanctuary on the south shore of Banana Island.

  7. 04/20/2011 09:00 PM
    • 4/01/10-4/06/10: Baby Coral continued to travel around Kings Bay this week, occasionally going in and out of the main spring in the sanctuary at Banana Island.

      4/07/10-4/12/10: Baby Coral was observed on Wednesday, 4/07/10, in a cove near Buzzard Island in Kings Bay by herself, staying still on bottom. She was seen again on Friday, 4/09/10, near that spot with one other animal, milling and bottom-resting. She has also been to the south shore of Banana Island this week.

      3/09/10-3/15/10: Baby Coral was observed on Wednesday, 3/10/10, bottom-resting in the sanctuary at Magnolia Springs. There was a large number of animals there that day, and she was within a group of 10 animals.

      3/16/10-3/23/10: Baby Coral bottom-rested on Tuesday, 3/16/10, in Magnolia Springs with at least 10 other animals. She was again observed there on Friday, 3/19/10, socializing with other animals.

      3/24/10-3/31/10: Baby Coral was observed in the sanctuary outside Three Sisters Springs on Monday, 3/22/10, bottom-resting with about 30 other animals. On Sunday, 3/28/10, she socialized and milled with 3 other animals in the sanctuary on the south shore of Banana Island.

      4/01/10-4/06/10: Baby Coral continued to travel around Kings Bay this week, occasionally going in and out of the main spring in the sanctuary at Banana Island.

      4/07/10-4/12/10: Baby Coral was observed on Wednesday, 4/07/10, in a cove near Buzzard Island in Kings Bay by herself, staying still on bottom. She was seen again on Friday, 4/09/10, near that spot with one other animal, milling and bottom-resting. She has also been to the south shore of Banana Island this week.

       

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