About Camlee

Gender: Female
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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. She was first released at TECO power plant, Hillsborough County, Florida on January 18, 2018 but was again rescued on March19,2018 after developing cold stress and dropping a significant amount of weight. Camlee was transported to Sea World of Florida for rehabilitation treatment. She was again released on March 6, 2019 at TECO power plant and will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. She was 261 centimeters in length and weighed 905 pounds at the time of her second release.

  1. 08/17/2019 03:15 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting in a deep channel just outside a marina off Tampa Bay. A couple of manatees came out of a small canal off the same marina and Camlee joined them as they milled between the boats. Camlee left them and started heading out to the bay. Once she reached the open water she started traveling faster, the choppy water made maintaining a visual difficult without a tag and eventually her location was lost. 

  2. 08/09/2019 11:00 AM
    • On Sun. 8/4 Camlee’s tag was recovered near E.G. Simmons Boat Ramp. She was located today, in a marina off Tampa Bay, resting between some of the boats. Later, she started milling around the different slips, making her way to the end where there is a short canal. She entered the canal then immediately came out and went back to resting under the boats. An attempt to re tag her was unsuccessful

  3. 07/31/2019 02:30 PM
    • Camlee was traveling south in Tampa Bay with two other manatees. The other two broke off and went in a different direction while Camlee continued south. She traveled for about an hour before slowing and milling near shore

  4. 07/26/2019 10:00 AM
    • Checked in on Camlee after a report came into FWC that someone with a knife was observed swimming with her. Camlee was in an area she is known to frequent; she was behaving normally, and her gear was intact. She rested for a while then milled around the edges of the mangroves. She made her way back underneath a mangrove tree and started working on pulling the branches down. 

  5. 07/24/2019 01:00 PM
    • Camlee was resting between boats in a marina off Tampa Bay. As the wind and waves picked up, she began to travel out of the marina. She was heading towards a small cove at the end of the creek, where she spends a lot of time. Due to torrential rain, visual was lost for a short time. After the rain passed, observations continued as she entered the cove. She made her way to another manatee in the cove, greeted it briefly then moved into the mangroves to rest again

  6. 07/15/2019 12:30 PM
    • Camlee was socializing with a mom/calf pair in a marina off Tampa Bay. They were moving between the boats and at one point, Camlee and the calf started playing with some bumpers hanging low off a yacht. Mom came over breaking up the fun and Camlee traveled out of the marina. She made her way to another creek and settled down for a long rest underneath some mangroves.

  7. 07/08/2019 11:00 AM
    • Camlee was traveling through a marina off Tampa Bay. She entered a short residential canal and began to rest. A small manatee moved into the canal near her and began to rest also. After some time Camlee moved toward the other manatee and they began to socialize, another manatee arrived and joined them. The trio separated as a third manatee made its presence known. It was larger and struggling to remove some debris from its face, possibly a bag or sheet of plastic. Just as the observation team was about to intervene to help, it succeeded and started following Camlee. Camlee moved towards some mangroves on the shore and was feeding on them with her new friend. 

  8. 07/01/2019 09:45 AM
    • Camlee was traveling in a creek off Tampa Bay. A boat idled past her and stopped when they saw her. She milled behind them while their engine was off. It was a great opportunity to educate them about her, the tag, and manatee etiquette. They respectfully waited till she moved away from the boat then started the engine and moved on. Camlee started traveling again, another boat came by, but a little faster and she avoided it. She traveled to a small cove that she is fond of, meeting a few manatees along the way going in the opposite direction. Once in her spot, she rested deep under the mangroves. It wasn’t long before the mangrove tree was shaking like King Kong was coming through and closer inspection revealed, as presumed that she was feeding on it. Similar sounds a little further away indicated that she was not alone in the feast.

  9. 06/25/2019 10:15 AM
    • Camlee was traveling out of Tampa Bay, into a creek. She meandered through the creek, into a marina and took a long rest under the boats. When she was active again, she moved out of the marina, into a small cove. She was eagerly eating grasses off the surface with another smaller manatee. The two ate and socialized together for the remainder of the observation.

  10. 06/18/2019 09:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling around the boat slips in a marina off Tampa Bay. She settled near the sea wall and rested for a while. When she was active again, she could be seen eating the algae growing off the pilings and wall. She briefly moved out into the canal appearing to investigate the sea wall, before moving back into the marina and continuing to mill around the boats

  11. 06/13/2019 09:00 AM
    • Camlee was very active on the grass flats in Tampa Bay. Due to an incoming storm, visuals from the boat had to be suspended. Before visual could be re-established from land, she had moved into a residential canal area. She was reported by a citizen to be with another manatee and when the observation resumed this was confirmed to be a mom/calf pair. They socialized together for a long time before traveling out of the canal.

  12. 06/10/2019 12:30 PM
    • Camlee was traveling in a creek off Tampa Bay. She was exploring all the different creeks and canals in this area. She made a decisive move towards a small cove where she has spent some time before. Once in the cove she began to rest. Gas was observed three times during this observation

  13. 06/03/2019 09:15 AM
    • Camlee was eating Mangrove leaves in a creek off Tampa Bay. She moved into deeper water and bottom rested for a short period before finding another good spot to eat leaves. Gas was observed a couple of times. She traveled out of the area and found another spot to take a rest.

  14. 05/31/2019 10:30 AM
    • Camlee was resting in a creek off of Tampa Bay with three other manatees. After some time, they all started to stir and began socializing with each other. The group moved all around the little cove, coming by the boat a couple times. Camlee looked good from the top, with no sign of any boat strikes.

  15. 05/28/2019 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was milling in an inlet off the Little Manatee River. She explored several small canals before settling in a small cove and resting for the duration of the observation. Gas was observed twice while she was resting.

  16. 05/23/2019 11:00 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting in a secluded cove that she is fond of. Her respirations were, consistently, every 10 minutes. 

  17. 05/20/2019 10:30 AM
    • Camlee was socializing with a mom/calf pair in a creek off Tampa Bay. A couple of other manatees joined them, and things escalated to cavorting. After a while all the activity calmed down and Camlee started bottom resting. A couple of the other manatees left the creek but Camlee and the mom/calf pair stayed, socializing and resting together for the duration of the observation.

  18. 05/17/2019 09:30 AM
    • Camlee was socializing initially with a mom/calf pair in a small harbor off the Little Manatee River. There was a separate group of manatees cavorting in the same area. Camlee moved away from the group and was feeding on submerged vegetation. The cavorting group moved in her direction and she became a part of it. At times the activity would slow to just some nose to nose socializing then would escalate to cavorting with all manner of body parts breaching out of the water. This continued for the duration of the observation.

  19. 05/15/2019 09:15 AM
    • Camlee was traveling with a mom/calf pair, east in the Little Manatee River. They soon split up going in opposite directions. Camlee continued to travel until she reached a wooded area. She milled around this spot, then began to rest under a large pine tree that had fallen in the water. When she was done resting, she remained in this location milling around the deadfall. 

  20. 05/08/2019 12:30 PM
    • Camlee was resting in a creek off Tampa Bay. When she was active again, she explored the shoreline in this area and continued probing the side as she moved out of this area. She traveled through some residential canals before ending up in a marina, where she checked out each berth before finding a nook where she settled in for another rest.

  21. 05/01/2019 01:00 PM
    • Camlee was resting just outside a canal where a mom/calf pair and a third manatee were socializing. Camlee could be seen from time to time pulling Mangrove leaves off the surface of the water and eating them. She milled out into the river for a bit then came back to her resting spot. This area was rather shallow, and she was stirring up a lot of sediment. At one point she brought her head way up out of the water and it had a large mat of Algae on it, she threw her head onto the top of the water and the algae floated off. She proceeded to consume that then went back to resting.

  22. 04/29/2019 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting at the mouth of a short canal. Respirations between 6-11 minutes. A mom/calf pair and 3 other manatees were resting nearby also. Towards the end of the observation the mom/calf pair headed out into the main part of the river and everyone including Camlee followed. 

  23. 04/23/2019 07:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling in the Little Manatee River, exploring the sides of the river before finding a shady place to rest. Several streams of steady gas were observed during this time. Later she moved back out to the river and headed straight for a very shallow area where a mom/calf pair were feeding. Camlee moved in with them and started eating with them. The calf started nudging Camlee which she did not seem to like because she immediately left. She moved to the other side of the river and began to rest again.

  24. 04/23/2019 07:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling in the Little Manatee River, exploring the sides of the river before finding a shady place to rest. Several streams of steady gas were observed during this time. Later she moved back out to the river and headed straight for a very shallow area where a mom/calf pair were feeding. Camlee moved in with them and started eating with them. The calf started nudging Camlee which she did not seem to like because she immediately left. She moved to the other side of the river and began to rest again.

  25. 04/22/2019 09:00 AM
    • Camlee was near a cavorting group in the Little Manatee River. She traveled away from them and milled near some Bulrushes near shore. The cavorting group moved near her and she moved away from them again. She met up with a mom/calf pair and followed them for a while before resting in a shallow area for a while. Another mom/calf pair came into the area and she quickly made her way over to them, socializing with them for the duration of the observation.

  26. 04/16/2019 10:45 AM
    • Camlee was first observed milling just on the inside of a boat channel in Tampa Bay. A boat went by fast and Camlee evaded taking off quickly. It took some time to relocate her as she had traveled some distance away from the high-speed channel. She had settled into a grassy area and a mom/calf pair joined her as did a third manatee. At least three boats at high speed cut through this area instead of taking the channel. Each time all the manatees would dive down and emerge somewhere different. Camlee was intent on staying with the mom/calf pair and would travel quickly to rejoin them if they got separated while avoiding the boats.

  27. 04/11/2019 11:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling near the viewing platform. She moved to the first outflow briefly then back to underneath the platform. She rested under the platform for over an hour. Gas was observed, a steady stream of medium to large bubbles and then shortly after a second stream. Respirations every 10 minutes while resting.

  28. 04/09/2019 01:30 PM
    • Camlee was milling around the viewing platform for most of the day then met up with Agua. The two milled around together then both traveled down the canal. They stopped by one of the outflows and socialized together before bottom resting for a while. After resting they both started to head out of the canal but turned back in. Possibly due to high winds and waves.

  29. 04/08/2019 08:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling with Agua near the viewing platform. The two meandered between the platform and the first discharge flow for a while before Agua took a rest. Camlee remained active, occasionally trying to interact with Agua who was not interested. At one point it appeared that Camlee was chasing a juvenile Black Tip Shark around the pilings of the platform. Camlee eventually started resting until Agua began to move out of the canal. Camlee accompanied her to the last outflow then stopped to mill in the discharge. Visuals on Camlee was suspended for two hours but when resumed she was still at the outflow and milling between there and the platform.

  30. 04/04/2019 11:00 AM
    • Camlee was resting at the far west end of the canal. She moved down a little ways and began socializing with at least one other manatee. Agua and another manatee joined them and they all began cavorting, lots of tails and bodies in the air. After all the activity everyone settled down to rest.
  31. 04/03/2019 09:00 AM
    • Camlee was milling in the power plant canal. She would move between the outflows spending time in front of the ones pushing water out. Every so often another manatee would come into the canal and Camlee would move towards them and interact briefly. She spent a long time resting, then one of the outflows came on and she went right to it and milled in the current. She would move out of it briefly then go right back to it.

  32. 04/02/2019 03:00 PM
    • Camlee was resting by herself in a shallow part of the canal. Her respirations were between 7 to 10-minute intervals. She began to slowly move toward the viewing platform and then quickly headed for the back of the canal and under the guard rail. She came back in a few minutes and moved back out to the middle of the canal, settling in front of the middle discharge flows to rest again.

  33. 03/27/2019 08:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling between the discharge flows then made her way to the viewing platform just in time for the manatee PeePaw to be released. She was very close to the shore but as soon as the release team touched the water she bolted across the canal. She met up with PeePaw and the two socialized quite a bit. Camlee followed him as he made his way slowly down the canal. Just past the final discharge flow two other manatees (one being Agua) met them and they all socialized together. Once things settled down Camlee and a different manatee made their way back to the viewing platform. The two spent the remainder of the time moving around the canal but never going past the farthest discharge flow.

  34. 03/26/2019 10:30 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting with Agua at the far west discharge outflow. Both stayed very close and facing into the water coming out. After Agua left Camlee remained, continuing to bottom rest. Her respirations were very consistently every 10 minutes. This has been the same any time she has been bottom resting in the past.

  35. 03/25/2019 10:00 AM
    • Camlee was initially resting but some cavorting manatees caught her attention and she moved to their location. One of the animals in the group is a large manatee with a distinctive tail that Camlee had been with before.  After a bit everyone settled down and took a rest. Camlee stayed close to the large manatee that she had been with, following her everywhere.

  36. 03/22/2019 02:30 PM
    • Attempted in water health assessment, however Camlee was not amenable to it. She moved towards the furthest outflow. Later in the day Camlee was socializing with about 5 other animals in and around the last outflow. She moved away from the outflow and started socializing with three different animals that had just come in. She traveled back towards the viewing platform and appeared to be trying to pull leaves off of the mangroves, but the lower branches were bare. She met up with two different manatees who were resting near the platform and moved with them back towards the outflow

       

  37. 03/20/2019 10:34 AM
    • Camlee was surface resting with Agua at the far end of the discharge canal close to the bay. Agua left and shortly after Camlee made her way to where Agua was socializing with other manatees. Camlee stayed with this group, milling near the last discharge flow. She and Agua slowly made their way back to their original spot and started resting again

  38. 03/19/2019 05:00 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting in the discharge canal prior to being seen. Her position near the wall made it difficult to get a visual on her until she moved further down later in the day. Once near the opening of the canal she milled around the buoys, before eventually exiting the canal. She made her way over to the opposite shore moving west until visual was lost.

  39. 03/13/2019 01:45 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting near the second outflow. When she was active, she would hover in the outflow, then move just outside, then back in again. She milled between here and the viewing platform, meeting up with Agua at one point. They both moved from the platform to the center a couple of times. Camlee continued milling in this way, even as Agua was leaving the canal

  40. 03/11/2019 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting way back in the discharge canal. Her respirations were consistently every 10 minutes. After an hour and a half, she started traveling quickly down the canal. She reached the spot where Agua was resting and stopped. She bottom rested for twenty minutes, then began socializing with a third manatee that had entered the canal, and Agua.

      Camlee and Agua were the only two manatees in the canal until 1400. They were very far away from each other for most of the day.  

  41. 03/08/2019 10:15 AM
    • Camlee was with a large group of manatees all congregated around one of the discharge flows. She spent a lot of time interacting with the other animals and they her. Her tag sparked a lot of interest and several manatees were playing with it. On occasion she would go to the seawall and rest, then return to the flow to mill and socialize. 

  42. 03/19/2018 10:28 AM
    • Camlee was captured and transported to SeaWorld to be treated for cold stress.

  43. 03/16/2018 01:55 PM
    • Today Camlee was milling up the Snake River portion of Ruskin Inlet off the Little Manatee River.  She was by herself and respirations were normal at 3-4 min intervals, but the 2 bumps on her head we saw earlier now look worse and appear much more like cold stress.  Although for much of the visual her behavior didn’t appear alarming--she was moving around with normal respirations--there was a portion of the creek she was in with a more powerful current coming around a bend, and she tried twice to fight the current and then gave up, milling back along the mangroves, suggesting she is feeling weak.  We will be getting a health assessment on her as soon as we can.

  44. 03/14/2018 01:24 PM
    • Camlee was by herself near the end of Ruskin Inlet, milling around the south part of the bank for about 20 minutes before she settled down to bottom rest for the remainder of the visual. Breaths were averaging 7 minutes when she settled down to rest and varied when she moved a little or would try to check out fish that breached the water.

  45. 03/13/2018 11:23 AM
    • Camlee was found in a small branch off northern Little Manatee River milling with 4 other animals and one very small infant.  The group stayed together and stayed in fairly close proximity of each other the entire visual, milling and then bottom-resting.

  46. 03/09/2018 10:21 AM
    • Camlee was socializing with 3 other animals in Ruskin Inlet in the northern section of Little Manatee River when first spotted. She then broke away and was milling along the north bank for a period of time, then went back to being social.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. 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. 

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 02/06/2018 11:20 AM
    • Camlee rested on the surface near outflow 2 at TECO.  There were about 45 animals in that area.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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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