About Neuson

Gender: Male
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Neuson was rescued as a calf with his injured mother from Port of the Islands in Collier County, Florida on March 21, 2016.  Neuson was only 178 centimeters long and weighed 300 pounds at the time of his rescue.  Both Neuson and his mother were transported to Zoo Tampa for rehabilitation but his mother did not survive her injuries.  

Neuson was transferred to Homosassa Springs State Park to continue his rehabilitation and later was moved to Seaworld of Florida.  He was released on November 6, 2018 back into the waterways of Port of the Islands and will be monitored by Sea to Shore Alliance. Neuson was 236 centimeters in length and weighed 630 pounds at the time of his release.

  1. 01/31/2019 06:55 PM
    • During this cold snap Neuson stayed in the basin with many other manatees. Retagging efforts were not successful. Knowing his frequented warm water site, another attempt can be made during the next significant cold snap.
  2. 01/29/2019 07:00 AM
    • Neuson’s VHF tag was recovered on 1/23/2019. He was located using the sonic in his belt. Could not confirm an actual visual but based on the sonic frequency, he spent the entire day in this particular area. He was usually with several other manatees socializing. Multiple snouts could be seen breaching the surface and it appeared that he was actively moving around the entire basin. By the early afternoon most of the animals were bottom resting. Several tour boats came through the area, causing him to relocate his position, however he did not leave.
  3. 01/16/2019 11:00 AM
    • Neuson was found traveling out of Turner river. He had another manatee swimming with him and they both were moving very quickly. Once they both reached the main part of the river, two other manatees joined them and they all made their way to the bay where he has been spending a lot of time. The water in the bay was slightly warmer than the upper part of the river where he started. Neuson was as usual evasive of the boat.
  4. 01/11/2019 10:00 AM
    • 1/11/2019- 10:00- 11:30am Neuson was milling with another manatee in a small bay on the Turner River canoe trail. They were both at one point eating leaves off the surface of the water. The leaves were of different varieties with mangrove being the most prominent. Neuson left that bay and moved through the trail to the next bay. He began to interact with a mom and calf pair for quite some time. The mom and calf left the bay and Neuson started to follow but quickly turned around when another large manatee passed him. He spent the remainder of the observation actively pursuing the large manatee who did not seem to enjoy the attention. Twice, as he chased the other one around the bay, he came by the kayak providing a dorsal view of his body. It was a fast look but no obvious boat marks could be seen.
  5. 01/04/2019 10:30 AM
    • Neuson was traveling quickly when first spotted and continued to do so for 15minutes before turning into a cove. He milled in this area for a while, stopping in one spot very briefly. He was stirring up large amounts of silt in the place where he stopped. After he moved on the area was checked and there were a couple of pieces of Thalassa floating on the surface. Since the water clarity was so poor and he spent such a short amount of time there, it cannot be confirmed he was eating. He was still very reactive to the boat engine but did not necessarily avoid it when it was drifting. He left the cove and traveled for the duration of the observation.
  6. 12/29/2018 09:00 AM
    • Neuson was stationary in a shallow fork in a river off of Fakahatchee Bay. After an in-water assessment attempt, he started moving towards the bay. He stopped when he met up with three other manatees in the river milling and socializing with them around the area. It did not appear that they were feeding but at one point his head lifted out of the water and his mouth had green algae on it. Neuson avoided the boat whether running or still, redirecting his path whenever he came near it.


  7. 12/15/2018 09:00 AM
    • Neuson was observed traveling quickly through a bay in the Everglades National Park. He was extremely skittish of boats being anywhere near him even without the engine running. Neuson never stopped moving but would at times mill around an area briefly before moving on again. He traveled into a small back bay surrounded by shallow shoals and oyster beds, essentially ending the observation.

  8. 12/01/2018 12:00 PM
    • A citizen observed Neuson in the Everglades National Park traveling with another large sized manatee.

  9. 11/26/2018 02:20 PM
    • Neuson was traveling quickly across Chokoloskee Bay. He paused briefly while some dolphins interacted with his tag. He continued to travel at a brisk pace for the remainder of the observation.

  10. 11/16/2018 08:15 AM
    • Neuson was traveling during the entire observation.  A boat came through the area very fast and Neuson moved closer to the shore. The water was a little clearer here and it was possible to get a quick visual before he moved into deeper water again. The visual revealed nothing of note however it was very brief. Neuson continued traveling across Chokoloskee Bay and into the river.

Data map is currently not present for Neuson.