About Marmalade

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 37043

Marmalade is a female manatee rescued as an orphaned calf on August 11, 2015. At the time of her rescue in Crystal River in Citrus County, she was 126 centimeters long and weighed 79 pounds. She was rehabilitated at Lowry Park Zoo and then transferred to Homosassa Wildlife Park, and has now grown to 560 pounds and 226 centimeters long. She was released on March 9, 2018, at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 05/08/2018 11:30 AM
    • Marmalade was alone again, milling around the bank near the mouth of Crystal River.  She looks good from the dorsal side, with filled-out shoulders and a not too loose belt.  There were a few more food choices in this area.  She looked like she was starting to move south a bit, moving out from the bank by the end of the visual.

  2. 05/03/2018 10:43 AM
    • Marmalade and another animal were riding the tide out of Crystal River when I found her. She circled around the boat, looking good, with no new scars. She then found a nice little creek to hide out in. She was resting on bottom for about twenty-five minutes when another manatee passed by the entrance of the creek and she moved further away.

  3. 04/27/2018 10:55 AM
    • Marmalade was found in Cedar Creek at the end of Crystal River, by herself and enthusiastically tossing her head back, feeding. Shortly afterward she began traveling around the front of a small island, into choppy water. She turned back, then changed her mind and turned back again, before finally settling in for a nap. I think she was back to nibbling when I left, based on how her tag was moving.

  4. 04/23/2018 10:29 AM
    • I found Lady Marmalade in Crystal Bay taking a quick nap. When she woke she alternated between milling around and traveling. Another manatee attempted to socialize, but Marmalade was having none of it. She milled away and began feeding on spartina on the bank of the river.

  5. 04/16/2018 01:37 PM
    • In the last week she had gone back to Kings Bay and then out to the end of Crystal River, so I figured she had met up with other animals after the last few observations found her alone. She socialized at the surface with 3 other animals, and then in response to my boat the group milled out to another branch of the canal, then back to their original spot where they eventually went to sleep. The temperature in the canal system the group found was 3 degrees warmer than the ambient river temp.

  6. 04/06/2018 10:10 AM
    • Marmalade is moving around and exploring down Salt River, going into larger passages, today in the eastern creek off Dixie Bay in Salt River. There is more vegetation to choose from here, with thalassia on bottom in this area, and gas was seen from her today so she has still been feeding.  Her face looks good, with good solid gray coloration on her skin and around her nostrils.  She will get another in-water body condition assessment later this month.

  7. 04/02/2018 12:30 PM
    • When first found she was nibbling on algae from the creek bottom in the eastern area of Salt River.  She was by herself and milled west down the creek and out to the wider branch going south.

  8. 03/29/2018 02:07 PM
    • Marmalade spent the first half of the observation in the southeastern cove of Salt River slowly traveling close to the bank.  She was by herself. After that she became stationary multiple times between traveling bouts and eventually I was able to see her feeding just below the surface and at the surface. A piece of cordgrass was also observed hanging out of her mouth.

  9. 03/24/2018 01:00 PM
    • Marmalade has now found Kings Spring at Banana Island. She was inside the sanctuary, close to shore, resting. Respiration intervals 10 min.  Later in the day she was given an in-water body condition, where it was seen that she has a flat belly but no folds and her skin looks good. Thanks very much to USGS for helping out with this!

  10. 03/21/2018 11:00 AM
    • Marmalade was at Three Sisters Springs, presumably keeping warm.

  11. 03/19/2018 12:22 PM
    • When first seen, a group of snorkelers was slowly approaching her, and she turned away from them and milled away a short distance, then a few minutes later seemed to choose to approach another snorkeling group, coming within about 5 ft of people but not touching them.  A mother and calf then came into the spring and she followed them and settled down near them, and then another animal close to her size joined them.

  12. 03/13/2018 09:00 AM
    • At Three Sisters Spring, Marmalade spent some time following snorkelers, then settled down by herself in the back spring near the platform later in the morning. At one point she appeared to be browsing on some rocks that had algae on them.

  13. 03/12/2018 03:00 PM
    • High tide was around 3:00 today and there were about 50 manatees in Three Sisters.  Marmalade was interacting with a few snorkelers, then decided to dive down deep in Big Sister, staying down for about 12 minutes.  She then moved over to join a group who were milling around the rocks on the edge and nibbling on foliage which was available because of the high tide.  I didn't see her eat.  Then she settled down again on bottom along with the others.  At one point I did see her hanging out closely with a mom and young calf for about 15 minutes.

  14. 03/10/2018 02:19 PM
    • After going in and out of Idiots Delight 1 and 2, taking stock of a few of the canals, and then coming back in to Three Sisters yesterday after her release, Marmalade and a large group of others bottom-rested in the main spring at Three Sisters today.

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