About Falcon

Gender: Male
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Falcon was rescued as an orphan calf with his twin sister in Tavernier, Monroe County, Florida on October 2, 2016 after their mother, a known rehabilitated manatee named Bonnie, died from a boat injury.  Falcon was only 145 centimeters long and weighed 121 pounds at the time of his rescue.  He was transported to Miami Seaquarium for rehabilitation and then transferred to Columbus Zoo for continued care.  In preparation for release, Falcon was transferred back to Miami Seaquarium.  He was released in Key Largo, Monroe County, Florida with his twin sister on November 15, 2018 and will be monitored by Sea to Shore Alliance.  Falcon was 227 centimeters in length and weighed 600 pounds at the time of his release.


  1. 02/20/2019 12:00 PM
    • After a review by the MRP Biology Working Group it was concluded that Falcon and Millennium had displayed appropriate behaviors to be successful in the wild. It was determined that their monitoring was complete and time to remove gear. After an in water assessment, Falcon’s belt was removed. She reacted to the removal by moving away, down the canal but returned to her normal behavior quickly
  2. 02/16/2019 03:30 PM
    • A visual of Falcon and Millennium was reported by a citizen near Black Point Marina.
  3. 02/11/2019 11:10 PM
    • Falcon was first observed traveling with Millennium down the canal towards the bay. Several other manatees were present and there was lots of activity. Soon it could be confirmed that Falcon was feeding on sea grasses. This activity continued until the end of the observation.
  4. 02/08/2019 01:00 PM
    • Falcon was in the canal with Millennium and about eight other manatees. They bottom rested for the entire duration of the visual.
  5. 02/04/2019 02:45 PM
    • Out in the bay feeding together. They would travel to different areas around the bay and canal, eating the whole time
  6. 02/01/2019 01:00 PM
    • Falcon and Millennium were surface resting together. Another manatee was resting nearby also. An in water assessment was conducted noting that their body condition looked good, with slightly rounded bellies. Around 4:00pm they traveled out to the grass flats in the bay. They settled in a spot and began to feed. This activity slowed after 45 minutes and appeared to be resting. A few other manatees came by rousing them. The twins followed them to another spot further off where the feeding appeared to begin again.
  7. 01/28/2019 12:30 PM
    • Falcon was surface resting in the sun with Millennium. After about 10 minutes they moved to the floodgate and began drinking the freshwater coming over the wall. They milled around near the gate then started making their way down the canal stopping occasionally to eat algae along the way.
  8. 01/21/2019 11:45 AM
    • Falcon was feeding with Millennium under a mangrove. She was chewing on the roots of the tree, frequently laying on her back in order to reach it better. After about an hour she moved away and milled down the canal for a bit then surface rested for the remainder of the observation.
  9. 01/15/2019 11:15 AM
    • Falcon was milling and socializing with Millennium and one other manatee in the canal. The other manatee seemed to focus on Falcon, always staying with her if she moved away from Millennium. Towards the end of the observation, all three moved to the side and were eating algae and sea grape leaves from the water.
  10. 01/08/2019 11:00 AM
    • Falcon and Millennium were bottom resting together with 5 other manatees, 2 of which looked to be the same size as the twins. The group of them started to mill around the area, socializing with each other. Falcon and another manatee made their way to the side and started eating algae mats off of the rocks and the surface. She continued to eat for the duration of the observation. The small series of prop marks , noted before , could be seen on the left side.
  11. 01/07/2019 02:25 PM

      1/1/2019 10:00am

      A FWC officer reported a visual of Falcon and Millennium traveling in a canal near Homestead.



      12/23/2018 6:00pm

      A citizen reported to FWC a sighting of Falcon and Millennium traveling through residential canals in Ocean Reef.



      12/21/2018 11:00am

      FWC received a citizen sighting report of Falcon and Millennium traveling through residential canals in Key Largo.



      12/14/2018 12:45pm

      Falcon and Millennium were traveling through a large area designated “no motorized boats”. The entire area was lush with seagrasses. They settled in a clear spot that was deeper than the surrounding area and rested. Later they began to feed on the Syringodium grass in the area.


      12/10/2018 9:15am

      Falcon was traveling with Millennium close to a mangrove island. They were milling around the area, possibly feeding but that could not be confirmed. They moved away from a running boat but swam by it when it was drifting.



      12/03/2018 12:00pm

      Falcon was milling with Millennium close to a mangrove island. They moved a little bit away from it and began feeding. Their heads were coming high out of the water with grasses on their face. Normal manatee feces was observed as well. They would move to different spots and continue feeding. Towards the end of the observation they began to travel away from the area.


      11/26/2018 7:45am

      Falcon was milling very close to a mangrove island with Millennium. They both moved to another mangrove island and passed close to the boat. Falcon’s freeze brand was visible and there were no new marks. The belt appeared to be fitting securely. They settled on a patch of seagrass close to the shore and began feeding very actively on this spot. Their heads were coming out of the water and bits of seagrass were floating up. They eventually moved off the area and traveled until the end of the observation.



      11/19/2018 3:30pm

      Falcon was found with Millennium in Buttonwood Sound. They milled around for 15 minutes doing everything in unison. They took breaths at the same time and were never more than a foot away from one another. They began to travel and moved quickly through the water for the duration of the observation.


  12. 01/03/2019 09:15 AM
    • Falcon and Millennium were still side by side bottom resting in a canal. An in water assessment was started. They showed no interest in the swimmer and started to move slowly away, out of the canal. They stopped and turned back towards the boat. The swimmer approached again and they once more did not show interest or leave the area. It was determined that Falcon had a boat strike mark on her left shoulder that seemed superficial. The canal they were resting in was very deep and no vegetation could be seen but the surrounding area outside the canal was full of Vallisneria (Tape Grass)

Data map is currently not present for Falcon.