About Gleewood

Gender: Female
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Gleewood was rescued as an orphan calf with cold stress from Englewood, Sarasota County, Florida on January 10, 2017.  She was only 193 centimeters long and weighed 269 pounds at the time of her rescue.  Gleewood was transported to ZooTampa for the initial phase of her rehabilitation, transferred to Homosassa State Park and later to SeaWorld of Florida for continued care.  She was released into the Orange River in Ft. Myers, Lee County, Florida on January 30, 2019 and will be monitored by Sea to Shore Alliance.  Gleewood was 275 centimeters in length and 795 pounds at the time of her release.  

  1. 04/01/2019 11:45 AM
    • Gleewood was traveling east in the Caloosahatchee River. She turned into a cove off of the main river and made her way close to some houses on the shore. She milled around some docks, then began to socialize with some manatees in the area. An assessment of her body condition was conducted. She was eating submerged vegetation and it could be ascertained that her belly was slightly rounded. Based on this and that she returned to a warm water site during two cold spells, has consistently been feeding and avoiding human interaction, it was determined that her transition to the wild was successful and her gear removed. Good Luck Gleewood
  2. 03/24/2019 02:00 PM
    • Gleewood was traveling on the Caloosahatchee River. She appeared to be trying to cross the channel to the opposite side. Heavy boat traffic and a near miss with a large boat seemed to persuade her to stay on her side and out of the channel.
  3. 03/21/2019 09:00 AM
    • Gleewood was milling in a shallow area in the Caloosahatchee River. She encountered two other manatees and they all milled around together. Shortly two more manatees stopped by and they all began socializing. Once the introductions were done they all settled in to feed. Poor water clarity made it difficult to see what they were eating, but lots of dark, plant material was floating to the surface. Hard to say if it was the root of a plant they were eating, or the plant itself. Gleewood and one other manatee took a rest while the others moved up river.
  4. 03/17/2019 01:00 PM
    • Gleewood was feeding in the Caloosahatchee River with two other manatees. After eating their fill, Gleewood and another large manatee traveled to a creek off of the river.
  5. 03/12/2019 11:27 AM
    • Gleewood milling in an area near Matlacha Pass. It was confirmed part way into the observation that she was feeding on submerged sea grasses. She rested for about 15 minutes, then moved to a new area and began feeding again.
  6. 03/07/2019 12:50 PM
    • Gleewood was milling in a creek off of the Caloosahatchee River. She found a large patch of sea grass and began feeding. She continued to eat her way along the edge of the river, eventually coming to rest in a little cove. She resumed feeding and continued for the duration of the observation.
  7. 03/03/2019 02:45 PM
    • Gleewood was with three other manatees traveling into a sheltered area of of the Caloosahatchee River. She was observed eating, socializing, and resting with other animals
  8. 03/01/2019 12:00 PM
    • Gleewood was stationary on the grass flats in the Caloosahatchee River. She immediately began moving toward a sheltered bay in the mangroves. Once inside the bay she was joined by three other manatees and they all socialized extensively to the point of cavorting. Took the opportunity to get an in water assessment. Gleewood could be seen eating on the bottom, while the other animals constantly bothered her. She never left the area or them but every time they interrupted her she would move positions and start feeding again. Though it appears she has lost some weight from her release day, she still has a slightly rounded belly and overall looked good.
  9. 02/22/2019 11:45 AM
    • Gleewood and 2 other manatees were milling around a large area with lots of sea grass. It is possible they were feeding but there was nothing to confirm that. Gleewood rested for a bit then traveled into a small shallow cut in the mangroves. A brief visual showed nothing of concern from the dorsal side.
  10. 02/22/2019 11:45 AM
    • Gleewood and 2 other manatees were milling around a large area with lots of sea grass. It is possible they were feeding nut there was nothing to confirm that. Gleewood rested for a bit then traveled into a small shallow cut in the mangroves. A brief visual showed nothing of concern from the dorsal side.
  11. 02/15/2019 09:00 AM
    • Gleewood was traveling in the Orange River towards an area where manatees are known to feed. She made an abrupt about-face and settled a little further away with some other manatees. She eventually made her way to where she originally wanted to be and rested. After half an hour, she took off down river, swimming rapidly out to the Caloosahatchee.
  12. 02/13/2019 11:30 PM
    • A citizen reported Gleewood traveling in the Caloosahatchee River
  13. 02/10/2019 12:45 PM
    • Gleewood was exploring an area off the Caloosahatchee river. At one point her behaviors indicated that she could have been feeding. An inspection of that area, after she moved off, showed only some mangrove leaves so we cannot confirm that she was eating. She did experience some boat traffic close to her but moved out of the way each time.
  14. 02/08/2019 06:00 PM
    • Gleewood was milling out in the main part of the Caloosahatchee River. She appears curious of her surroundings and is displaying some exploratory behaviors. Gas was observed 4 times over the observation period.
  15. 02/04/2019 10:45 PM
    • Gleewood was milling in a basin with lots of other animals. Twice she made her way out to the Caloosahatchee River but quickly turned back. She bottom rested for 20 minutes, then milled around the basin area. She joined several manatees who were active, possibly feeding near the sea wall. Though Gleewood was in mix there was nothing to suggest she was feeding.

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