About Falcon

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 1366

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. 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.


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