About Camlee

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 64245

Camlee is a female manatee rescued as an orphaned calf on May 11, 2015. At the time of her rescue in the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, Lee County, she was 121 centimeters long and weighed 91 pounds. She was rehabilitated at Lowry Park Zoo and then transferred to Homosassa Wildlife Park, and has now grown to 620 pounds and 240 centimeters long. Camlee was released on January 18, 2018, at TECO power plant in Hillsborough County, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 03/05/2018 03:18 PM
    • Camlee was seen in a canal in Manatee Harbor on the south side of Little Manatee River in a group. She is social and active, moving around the canal.

  2. 03/01/2018 09:54 AM
    • Today she was out in the river north of Manatee Harbor, milling and traveling by herself. Her respirations have been in 2 to 3 minute intervals depending on activity. Possibly she had just sustained some kind of trauma to her tail and was still sore for a little while.

  3. 02/28/2018 09:34 AM
    • She is back at Manatee Harbor in a group with 10 others, much more mobile and moving around the canal with them.

  4. 02/27/2018 02:32 PM
    • Camlee was by herself in a cove near Chicken Island in upper Little Manatee River, more mobile than she was on Sunday.  She wasn’t moving quickly but milling through most of the visual, some of which was boat avoidance.  She gave boats a wide berth, very skittish of them as well as reactive to loud planes overhead, and staying near vegetation on water’s edge.  Her tail is definitely mobile.  Respiration every 3-4 minutes.  Tons of boat traffic in the area.

  5. 02/25/2018 01:30 PM
    • This week she started down Little Manatee River and today she was staying quietly midway down the water column in Manatee Harbor about a mile down Little Manatee River with 8 other animals.  Her behavior seemed somewhat lethargic, and her respirations were abnormal and varying from 1-3 minute intervals.  She was given an in-water body condition and her weight is still fine, having a flat to slightly rounded belly with no folds, but she has 2 lighter colored blister-like raised bumps on her head, one white area on her back slightly off-center to the left shoulder area, and some necrotic tissue near the center of her tail margin.  She was responsive to being approached and moved but didn’t leave the area; neither did the others.  She had correctly used TECO through all the January cold fronts and only began to venture out starting Feb 10, and it was great to see her start to feed last week.  Her respirations, behavior, and appearance today are concerning, and she will be monitored closely. Thank you to residents Wendy and Ralph for reporting their sighting of Camlee!

  6. 02/17/2018 02:35 PM
    • Camlee found a nice sheltered little corner near Little Harbor north of Little Manatee River with a large group of others, around 11.  Vegetation was floating on the surface, and Camlee was feeding along the bottom and mid-column.  Great job, Camlee!

  7. 02/13/2018 03:08 PM
    • Camlee was first observed in the southern bay at E.G. Simmons Park with 2 other animals, acting as if she was resting on the surface like them, but her respiration did not reflect resting.  As soon as the other animals did anything, she was ready to socialize.  A kayak approached aggressively which she avoided, moving away while underwater, and stayed under for a short time.  At the end of the visual the other animals moved across the bay and she followed.

  8. 02/09/2018 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was surface-resting near the tidal walk/pier near 2 other animals, with a total of about 40 in the area.  Eventually she began milling out into the center and west down the canal.  She joined other animals as they passed her on the way into the area. 

  9. 02/08/2018 07:40 AM
    • She must have been ready to leave the plant, because this morning she traveled out to a very good feeding area just north of E.G. Simmons Park.

  10. 02/07/2018 11:11 AM
    • Nearly all of the 20 animals in the little cove between discharges were trying to sleep, but she was going around appearing to seek interaction from them, maybe out of hunger.

  11. 02/06/2018 11:20 AM
    • Camlee rested on the surface near outflow 2 at TECO.  There were about 45 animals in that area.

  12. 02/05/2018 10:36 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.

  13. 02/03/2018 12:45 PM
    • Camlee was observed milling into the current of outflow 2 at TECO, then riding the current back out. After that she began to heavily socialize with a large group between outflow 2 and 3.  Near the end of the visual she settled down to surface-rest along the west wall of outflow 2.  She did not react when outflow 3 started up but continued to rest. There were about 150 animals there.

  14. 01/31/2018 10:22 AM
    • Camlee was found socializing with Sarasolo and 4 others just past the third discharge vent. She swam with 2 animals toward the second discharge vent where she milled for a bit, then went back to socializing with a group of 12. The group seemed to get a little frisky at one point, but it never turned into a cavorting group.

  15. 01/27/2018 10:40 AM
    • Camlee was socializing with 4 other animals for quite a while, then swam away and would approach an animal and circle it before moving on to another one. She did this with 3 animals before moving closer to the platform to rest.  There were about 300 animals at TECO that day.

  16. 01/25/2018 10:52 AM
    • Camlee spent the entire visual socializing, milling, and even some opportunistic nursing.  She eventually positioned herself alongside of a mother and her nursing calf.  She stayed with the mother/calf pair for the remainder of the visual. There were about 300 animals at TECO.

  17. 01/24/2018 10:10 AM
    • Camlee was socializing with a group of 7-10 animals at TECO for the majority of the visual, then proceeded to head over where Ice Cube was and began to bottom rest.  It looked like there were around 400 animals in the canal.

  18. 01/21/2018 10:24 AM
    • Camlee was very social throughout most of the visual with between 2-5 other animals. She did follow an animal under the viewing platform and began bottom-resting near the end of the visual. There were at least 400 animals in the canal.

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