About Cassie

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 64241

Cassie, a female orphaned calf rescued from the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, was brought in on August 26, 2015. At the time she was 117 centimeters long and weighed 66 pounds. She recovered at SeaWorld and later was transferred to the Jacksonville Zoo, and was released at Blue Spring State Park on March 8, 2018. She has now grown to 890 pounds and 260 centimeters long. She will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 05/10/2018 10:40 AM
    • Cassie was in a group of 7 in the lagoon which of course included Buckeye. When I first sighted them in the lagoon they had a group of kayakers (with a guide) very close to them, but they backed away after it was requested.  Cassie, Buckeye, and a few others from the group started to approach my boat but I backed up and they didn't continue to approach.  When Buckeye got involved in a mating herd, Cassie stayed close to the group and was initially socializing with a few animals but not part of the mating, and eventually went to sleep nearby. There is a great deal of pennywort and other vegetation available here.

  2. 05/06/2018 10:04 AM
    • Cassie was with Buckeye and one other animal just south of Blue Spring. It was raining when I arrived and all three animals were asleep. All three animals were still sleeping when I departed.  Cassie had respiration rates in the 9-11 minute range.

  3. 05/02/2018 07:12 AM
    • Cassie milled slowly out of Blue Spring and to the south.  When another animal moved into the area and had Buckeye's attention, she moved out into the river to be part of the gathering.  She did approach me after socializing with the other animals but did not touch me, just kept milling by.  Once I started her tag exchange, she changed her tune and approached me, but then moved away and did not approach again.  She milled back and forth under kayaks but only because the kayakers were still learning kayak skills, not that she was approaching them.  But when a boat moved into the area and beached to go into the park, Cassie moved to their stern and stared at them until they got off the boat.  She then continued her adventures south of the spring with Buckeye in tow.

  4. 04/28/2018 10:14 AM
    • I managed to catch Cassie outside of the spring today. She was with 4 other animals just to the south. It was no surprise that one of them was Buckeye. Cassie milled around briefly before socializing. There was a short period of cavorting, but she seemed uninterested in taking it to that level and quickly removed herself from the rough housing. Respirations were 4-5 minutes apart.

  5. 04/22/2018 09:13 AM
    • Both Cassie and Buckeye were at the boil at Blue Spring, but showed no interest in swimmers and when it got busy they seemed bothered. Late in the morning they both left the spring and traveled south. Buckeye passed a lot of gas while in the boil, and there was a fecal sample there that could have been from one of them.

  6. 04/17/2018 11:36 AM
    • Swimming stayed closed today until around noon. Cassie and Buckeye headed up towards diver entry and the boil between 9:30 and noon. Once at the boil they were busier socializing with each other, then settled down to rest while the people kept a respectful distance. Some people were free diving, but neither Cassie nor Buckeye showed interest. Both manatees left between 3 and 4.

  7. 04/16/2018 09:33 AM
    • Cassie was located on the northwest corner of the spring just outside of the buoy line.  She seemed content to be outside of the buoy line but after Buckeye bolted into spring, Cassie followed behind him and another manatee.  Cassie kept close to another animal and all began to bottom rest once they reached the east side of the swim dock.  Cassie was very close to other manatee...obviously trying to make Buckeye jealous. It turned out I was not just there to change out a tag, but to retag--she had lost her tag again.  I entered the water and she left diver’s entry to go up to the boil.  After stalking her behind logs, she saw me and approached within two feet but did not touch me, then slowly moved away.  I continued to stalk in which she responded by spinning to look at me on two more occasions before she finally took a breath, allowing me to retag her.

  8. 04/14/2018 03:32 PM
    • Swimmers at Blue Spring respectfully avoided Cassie and Buckeye as they milled through the swim area. They went out into the river together at 3:45, then continued south.

  9. 04/08/2018 10:15 AM
    • When I first arrived I found Cassie near the boil of the spring with Buckeye. The park staff was kind enough to shut down the section of the spring around the boil, which allowed a visual minus human distraction. Cassie milled briefly before settling down for a short nap. She awoke and immediately traveled towards the river. When I left she was slowly milling about with Buckeye by her side near the entrance to the lagoon.  Respiration rates were 3-10 minutes.

  10. 03/30/2018 09:29 AM
    • Cassie, Buckeye, and the cold stressed manatee that FWC was monitoring prior to rescue were at Blue Spring. Cassie and Buckeye swam into the spring from the south side of the river. They stayed close to the buoy line and swam around slowly with the other animal. Eventually they hung out quietly at the canoe beach, then went on to rest further up the run, between platfoms 1 and 2.

  11. 03/27/2018 09:55 AM
    • Cassie stayed near Buckeye on bottom with regular respirations for about 10 minutes before milling upstream towards the second and third observation platforms of Blue Spring, then settled back down on bottom there. There were 15 other animals in the run, near the river.

  12. 03/18/2018 08:17 AM
    • Cassie was bottom-resting at the boil at Blue Spring, then joined Buckeye who was milling nearby. They occasionally settled on bottom together, then milled in a stop and start way.

  13. 03/12/2018 03:00 PM
    • Cassie was with Buckeye in the spring run, but traveling towards the river together. They explored a bit north of the spring, then south, but didn't quite travel all the way up into the lagoon. They sometimes came up for breaths together. Other manatees were observed leaving the spring run as well during that time.

  14. 03/11/2018 09:15 AM
    • This time it was Cassie’s turn to lose her tag, snagging it under a branch midway down the spring run. She was traveling and milling around the entrance to the spring, and allowed herself to be re-tagged when she got distracted socializing in a group.

  15. 03/10/2018 07:45 AM
    • Buckeye had lost his tag and we responded to re-tag him at Blue Spring. While the re-tagging was going on Cassie socialized mid-water column somewhat near Buckeye in a group of about 30 others, then wandered down past the second platform.

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