About Mr Baby

Gender: Male
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Mr Baby is the calf of Una, who had previously been monitored by Wildlife Trust. Una was observed very pregnant in March 2016, and then was rescued along with her dependent calf in November 2016 because Una’s flippers were both heavily entangled in fishing line. They were released together on December 12, 2017, at Blue Spring State Park. Genetic testing that SeaWorld was able to conduct prior to release confirmed that Mr Baby is likely Una’s calf by birth, and if so, he has had no winter experience. He has now grown to sub-adult size and is no longer a dependent calf, so we do not expect him to stay with Una and learn winter skills from her during this winter. Sea to Shore will monitor him during the winter to be sure he is utilizing Blue Spring during cold fronts.

  1. 01/22/2018 09:39 AM
    • Mr Baby was staying quietly on bottom yet closely packed in a group across from the second viewing platform. He has continuously had a good body condition and no cold stress for the duration of his monitoring period. He was deemed a successful release and his equipment removed.

  2. 01/07/2018 11:15 AM
    • Mr Baby bottom-rested and milled at Blue Spring, going behind trees for most of the time. He spent the majority of the visual near the entrance to the spring. He appeared to be curious about an alligator resting on a log and approached, but no interaction. There were 446 animals total observed there today.

  3. 01/05/2018 10:37 AM
    • Mr Baby rested on bottom and then milled with others near the entrance to Blue Spring. He left the spring and went out into the river, but quickly turned around and headed back, perhaps deciding it was a little too cold for feeding. There were a total of 453 animals at the spring.

  4. 12/31/2017 09:11 AM
    • Mr Baby socialized for most of the visual just inside the entrance of Blue Spring. Towards the middle of the morning his respiration rates lengthened to 8-9 minutes and he rested off to the side of the run. Later in the day he milled among the observation decks. There were 364 manatees in the run.

  5. 12/30/2017 11:30 AM
    • The previous night Mr Baby had still been in the Lake Monroe area where he had gone 3 days ago, but traveled north during the night. He socialized and hung out within a group about 30 yards inside the entrance to Blue Spring. It appeared he was trying to rest towards the end of the visual, but his company would not allow it. Several friends were nudging and playing with his tag, annoying Mr Baby to the point of movement every few minutes.

  6. 12/21/2017 01:46 PM
    • Mr Baby was seen with 4 other animals about 2/3 of the way down Mud Lake Creek off the St Johns River, south of Ed Stone Park. They were milling and socializing, with Mr Baby twice showing curiosity about the tracking vessel but thankfully staying submerged when he got near it. Socializing became active on a few occasions but did not quite turn to cavorting. Near the end of the visual he began feeding on pennywort with his companions.

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