About Jedi

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 157418

Jedi was found in the St Lucie River in Stuart in Martin County as a male orphaned calf on March 3, 2016. He was 171 centimeters long and weighed 150 pounds at his rescue. He was brought to Miami Seaquarium to recuperate and then transferred to Columbus Zoo for continued care. He has now grown to 650 pounds and 236 centimeters long. He was released near Willoughby Creek in St Lucie County on January 17, 2018, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 02/17/2018 12:05 PM
    • Jedi was observed in a canal on the east side of Indian River north of Round Island, bottom resting during the entire visual. His respirations were 8 minutes apart.

  2. 02/10/2018 11:05 AM
    • Jedi was observed traveling north up the west bank of the Indian River near Blind Creek. An adult manatee was spotted nearby, and the two continued to travel north together. Jedi then reached shallower depths and changed direction, swimming east into the river. His respirations were 3 minutes apart.

  3. 02/09/2018 10:31 AM
    • He was seen by himself on the west bank of Indian River across from Big Mud Creek. This looked like exploratory traveling today.  At first he was headed south down the west bank of the river, stopping to investigate things though not feeding.  He stayed put in one area briefly before changing directions and going back north.  Respiration rate 3 min.  Macroalgae and mangroves seem to be what is available right in this area as far as vegetation, but if he continues north to the Ft Pierce area there is some halodule.

  4. 02/01/2018 12:30 PM
    • Jedi spent most of the morning in the canal in the South Fork of St Lucie River, north of the 714 bridge. He was by himself and milling in an exploratory way, then traveled to the next southerly canal.  Occasionally he would surface with his nose covered in muck, so apparently he has learned the burrowing into the muck trick, though water temperatures were not cold. His face continues to look good, solid in color. Respirations 2.5 minutes apart while active.

  5. 01/30/2018 08:05 AM
    • Jedi was by himself, slowly milling along the tree line on the west bank of a canal in Pendarvis Cove.  His face was visible and still looks good--solid grey.  He milled halfway down the canal and then found a deeper spot in the center where he settled down to bottom-rest.

  6. 01/28/2018 09:27 AM
    • Jedi’s location this morning was around Bessey Creek in the St Lucie River, but then he began traveling so a search of that area and the nearby canals for several hours was not fruitful. His next position was further east back towards the main branch of the St Lucie River.

  7. 01/24/2018 12:45 PM
    • Jedi was initially observed alone and hanging out quietly on bottom in the south fork of the St Lucie River north of Pendarvis Cove Park, then began to mill near another animal. He left by himself and traveled alone south into a canal to meet up with a different animal. He left again but moved only part of the way out of the canal and stayed still on bottom. River temperature was 19.5 Celsius, and in canals 20 Celsius. Respirations when active were 2 minutes apart, and when stationary up to 5 minutes apart. His nose looks good, still solid grey with no blisters or paleness.

  8. 01/21/2018 11:15 AM
    • Jedi was observed socializing with another animal in the south fork of St Lucie River on the west bank. He socialized for the entire visual, and his respirations were approximately 2.5 minutes apart. Water temperature there was 18.5 Celsius.

  9. 01/20/2018 09:15 AM
    • This morning Jedi was back at the end of Krueger Creek, having spent the night there. Water temperature there was still 18.5C and his respiration rates were 3-4 minutes apart. He soon began milling north down the creek again, still by himself.

  10. 01/19/2018 11:10 AM
    • After traveling to the entrance of Willoughby Creek and back, then west to the US 1 bridge and back since release, Jedi has returned twice to his release site at Krueger Creek. Today he was seen still in water temperatures equal to the ambient river temperature, going up and down Krueger Creek. He passed through the warm (18.5C) end once and kept going up and back, and then settled down there for the last hour of the visual. At first his respirations were 1-2 minutes apart, then as time passed they settled down to 2-4 minutes apart. We are going to continue to monitor him through the weekend.

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