About Agua

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 177774

Agua was rescued as a calf with her injured mother “Claro” in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida on June 24, 2016. She was only 130 centimeters long and 97 pounds at the time of her rescue. Both Agua and her mother were transported to ZooTampa but her mother “Claro” did not survive her watercraft injuries. Agua was transferred to Columbus Zoo for continued care as an orphan calf.  In preparation for release, Agua was transferred to SeaWorld of Florida and later released at TECO power plant, Hillsborough County, Florida on March 7, 2019 and will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. She was 239 centimeters in length and 635 pounds at the time of her release.

  1. 04/29/2019 09:00 AM
    • Agua and another manatee were traveling out of a residential canal, near Apollo Beach. A boat went by slowly and both ducked into the mangroves. After the boat left, they milled around the mangroves then started traveling back into the canal. They tucked under a dock and rested for some time. When they reemerged, they started traveling again in their original direction

  2. 04/23/2019 10:30 AM
    • Agua was milling in a small sound off of Tampa Bay. She started moving quickly, with purpose, closer to shore. She took a tour of the whole sound before coming back to where she started and began to feed on submerged grasses. Afterwards she rested for the duration of the observation.

  3. 04/22/2019 03:30 PM
    • Agua was milling in a small sound off of Tampa Bay. She was by herself and very active, possibly feeding however that activity stopped before getting close enough to confirm. She rested for the duration of the observation. 

  4. 04/19/2019 09:30 AM
    • Agua was milling in the TECO discharge canal with one other larger manatee. They started socializing with each other in a shallow area. They bottom rested together for a while before moving to the discharge outflow. There, they began to interact again but on more of a cavorting level.

  5. 04/15/2019 10:00 AM
    • Agua was milling in the flow at the discharge. She moved away from the direct flow and began to bottom rest for the remainder of the observation. Respirations were 3-5 minutes while active and every 7 minutes while resting.

  6. 04/09/2019 12:06 PM
    • Agua was milling by the middle discharge flows. She tucked into a corner and bottom rested out of the wind. Later she moved away from the flow and surface rested in a shallow area before moving towards the viewing platform where she met up with Camlee. The two socialized together for a while then traveled together down the canal. They stopped back at the middle outflows, milled, then rested. After a long rest they both started traveling further down the canal but soon turned around and went back to the viewing platform. Possibly due to the high wind and waves.

  7. 04/08/2019 08:33 AM
    • Agua was milling with Camlee near the viewing platform before bottom resting for a long time. When she became active again, she milled with Camlee briefly before heading out of the canal. She quickly made her way out and around to a small bay just south of the power plant. She came close to shore, in a shallow area and began eating the algae mats carpeting the bottom. When she was done there, she moved further out to where the Thalassia grows.

  8. 04/08/2019 08:33 AM
    • Agua was milling with Camlee near the viewing platform before bottom resting for a long time. When she became active again, she milled with Camlee briefly before heading out of the canal. She quickly made her way out and around to a small bay just south of the power plant. She came close to shore, in a shallow area and began eating the algae mats carpeting the bottom. When she was done there, she moved further out to where the Thalassia grows.

  9. 04/04/2019 11:00 AM
    • Agua was milling in the water flow at the discharge. She moved away from it to rest. Another manatee came into the area and the two started to travel towards the canal entrance. They met up with Camlee who was socializing with a different manatee and all four began cavorting. After all the activity everyone settled down to rest.

  10. 04/02/2019 04:30 PM
    • Agua was milling in a shallow area outside of the power plant. Another manatee was observed alongside her and they were both very active lifting their heads high out of the water. At first it seemed that they were being social but the head lifting continued even when they were not right next to each other. It was possible they were feeding. Had to change observation locations and by the time visual was established again, Agua was by herself resting.

  11. 03/26/2019 10:30 AM
    • Agua was bottom resting with Camlee at the far west discharge flow. Both stayed very close and facing into the outgoing water. At about the same time as the previous day, Agua began traveling out of the canal into the bay.
  12. 03/25/2019 01:00 PM
    • Agua was milling in a shallow bay south of the discharge canal. She spent a good amount of time exploring the area before taking a rest. When she became active again her movements were very erratic. She changed directions quickly and her rate of speed. Closer inspection found a Cobia shadowing her, something she did not seem to appreciate. Once she got rid of the tag- along she meandered further into the bay and found a place to tuck in and take an uninterrupted rest.
  13. 03/22/2019 11:00 AM
    • Agua was just outside the TECO discharge canal with 3 other manatees. There was a lot of socializing between all four animals. Agua and friends stayed just outside the boat channel. Each time a boat came through all of them would quickly dive down and disperse, then meet back up in the same spot and resume their activities. Agua left the group and moved around the corner, milling in a narrow channel. Another boat came into the channel near her, again she displayed evasive behaviors. She hightailed it back into the power plant canal and stayed there the rest of the day.
  14. 03/20/2019 10:00 AM
    • Agua was resting with Camlee near the far end of the canal. Several manatees entered the canal and Agua moved towards them and began socializing. The group worked its way up the canal to the last outflow area, then dispersed. Agua and Camlee milled their way back down he canal to their original position and began to rest. Agua left Camlee and continued milling slowly away.
  15. 03/13/2019 01:42 PM
    • Agua was milling midway down the canal, near Camlee. She moved close to the viewing platform then returned and settled in for a rest. Later she and Camlee milled around the canal together, but after a bit Agua separated from Camlee and started making her way out of the canal.
  16. 03/11/2019 10:15 AM
    • Agua was resting in the center of the canal midway down on the tidal walk. She rested for the majority of the observation and when active she seemed to be trying to get rid of a pesky cobia who was following her. She never left this general area. Later Camlee traveled towards her and they both bottom rested nearby for about 20 minutes. Another manatee entered the canal and all three were socializing together.
  17. 03/08/2019 11:47 AM
    • Agua was resting just outside the discharge canal. Another manatee passed close to her and she quickly followed it to a shallow area where two others were feeding. Agua was very active with these other animals and though they were clearly eating, she could not be confirmed as doing so. As the tide came in the whole group milled their way out of the area and continued moving south.

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