About Agua

Gender: Female
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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. 12/25/2019 11:00 AM
    • A concerned citizen's report to FWC regarding a tag being stationary for 24 hours resulted in the recovery of Agua's belt, tether, and tag. She does have freeze brands but they are difficult to see from the surface. Now that she has found a warm water site, we hope she will continue to find good food sources. 

  2. 12/23/2019 10:30 AM
    • Agua was milling in a small cove, in a river off the Caloosahatchee River. A few other manatees were resting in the same cove. She moved around the corner from them and started resting herself, with respirations 6-7 minutes apart. A small boat moved slowly by her and she did not react. Anytime groups of kayakers came by, however, she would immediately duck under the mangroves. Once the kayaks passed, she would move back to her original spot and rest again. This happened three different times. Quite abruptly, she moved back into the cove, where the manatees that had been resting in there, were socializing. She headed right over to them and joined in the activities. 

  3. 12/21/2019 11:30 AM
    • Agua was resting in a harbor, in a small river off the Caloosahatchee. After about twenty minutes she began milling around an area with other manatees but did not interact with them. She moved into a different little cove where there were some other manatees, before continuing to travel up the river.

  4. 12/17/2019 08:45 AM
    • Agua was resting in a sheltered cove in a small river off the Caloosahatchee. There were only two manatees observed in the river and neither were in her specific area.  Gas was observed three times. Twice, she reacted to a boat moving by at a slow speed.

  5. 12/10/2019 09:30 AM
    • Responding to a report of a belted manatee in Manatee Park off the Orange River, it was confirmed via sonic that it was Agua. Her tag had been hit by a boat in May, in the Alafia River, in Hillsborough County. Agua was able to be retagged and body condition assessed. She had no new scars and her belly was flat but not concave. She milled around the entrance to Manatee Park before moving down the river. She rested for a long time in a small cove out of the current. She started to move out to the middle of the river when a few manatees came by, but quickly moved back to the shore when a slow-moving boat passed. She then started following the shoreline. She would stop in some places and it appeared she was grubbing on the ground. After she moved on the area was inspected. There was considerable leaf litter on the bottom and some fern stalks reaching the water, were stripped. It could not be confirmed that Agua was feeding, however gas was observed three times.

  6. 05/16/2019 10:00 AM
    • Agua was milling in the Alafia river, another manatee passed by but Agua did not seem to be with it. She moved to the shoreline and began resting under a dock. A body assessment was conducted. Her belly was overall flat with just a slight rounding at her midsection. Her body had an oval shape and the belt appeared to fit well. Agua milled in this area than began to travel down river. She stopped on the opposite shore in an area with lots of shore vegetation, near an overpass. She was very active, and it appeared she could be eating or interacting with another animal. Her tag would go down, then pop up in the same general area. At one point her tag was under and a boat was passing under the bridge to the right of where she was last seen. After the boat was gone, Agua’s tag could be seen in its wake, in pieces. The remains of the tag were recovered, and the area was searched by sonic to locate her belt. The belt could be heard under the bridge where the impact occurred and there was no change to its location for over an hour. It is hoped the belt broke free during the incident. Every attempt will be made to recover it.

  7. 05/14/2019 12:30 PM
    • Agua and four other manatees including a mom/calf pair were feeding in a small cove off the Alafia River. The other manatees were feeding on Giant Leather Ferns while Agua was eating Cattail stalks on the surface. A small mat of Hyacinth floated in and Agua went straight to it, eating it all, though she did share a little with the calf who came over to check it out. Everyone took a rest, then moved as a group to another little cove. It was surrounded by Cattails and Agua was pulling stalks down and eating them. The mom/calf pair left to go back to the ferns and Agua followed, milling around the cove while they ate. 

  8. 05/08/2019 08:15 AM
    • Agua was socializing with a mom/calf pair in the Alafia River. The trio began milling along the shore, then started pulling on shore vegetation. They stayed at a low hanging oak tree and a large Philodendron bush that was near the water, feeding for a while. Another mom/calf pair and large single manatee joined them. The whole gang chewed their way down the shoreline. After they were finished eating socializing began again with the newcomers. They all moved into a small creek off the main river and rested for the remainder of the observation

  9. 05/01/2019 09:00 AM
    • Agua was in the process of leaving the power plant canal. She headed south and began foraging on the submerged grasses. Twice a boat came through this area causing her to redirect. Eventually she moved closer to shore and began to bottom rest. Gas was observed twice during this period. Her respirations while active were about every three minutes, every 7 while resting.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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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