About Camlee

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 177773

Camlee is a female manatee rescued as an orphaned calf from Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida on May 11, 2015.  She was only 121 centimeters long and 90 pounds at the time of her rescue.  Camlee was cared for at ZooTampa and later transferred to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. She was first released at TECO power plant, Hillsborough County, Florida on January 18, 2018 but was again rescued on March 19, 2018 after developing cold stress and dropping a significant amount of weight. Camlee was transported to SeaWorld of Florida for rehabilitation treatment. She was again released on March 6, 2019 at TECO power plant and will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. She was 261 centimeters in length and weighed 905 pounds at the time of her second release. 

  1. 05/31/2019 10:30 AM
    • Camlee was resting in a creek off of Tampa Bay with three other manatees. After some time, they all started to stir and began socializing with each other. The group moved all around the little cove, coming by the boat a couple times. Camlee looked good from the top, with no sign of any boat strikes.

  2. 05/28/2019 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was milling in an inlet off the Little Manatee River. She explored several small canals before settling in a small cove and resting for the duration of the observation. Gas was observed twice while she was resting.

  3. 05/23/2019 11:00 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting in a secluded cove that she is fond of. Her respirations were, consistently, every 10 minutes. 

  4. 05/20/2019 10:00 AM
    • Camlee was socializing with a mom/calf pair in a creek off Tampa Bay. A couple of other manatees joined them, and things escalated to cavorting. After a while all the activity calmed down and Camlee started bottom resting. A couple of the other manatees left the creek but Camlee and the mom/calf pair stayed, socializing and resting together for the duration of the observation.

  5. 05/17/2019 09:30 AM
    • Camlee was socializing initially with a mom/calf pair in a small harbor off the Little Manatee River. There was a separate group of manatees cavorting in the same area. Camlee moved away from the group and was feeding on submerged vegetation. The cavorting group moved in her direction and she became a part of it. At times the activity would slow to just some nose to nose socializing then would escalate to cavorting with all manner of body parts breaching out of the water. This continued for the duration of the observation.

  6. 05/15/2019 09:15 AM
    • Camlee was traveling with a mom/calf pair, east in the Little Manatee River. They soon split up going in opposite directions. Camlee continued to travel until she reached a wooded area. She milled around this spot, then began to rest under a large pine tree that had fallen in the water. When she was done resting, she remained in this location milling around the deadfall.

  7. 05/08/2019 12:30 PM
    • Camlee was resting in a creek off Tampa Bay. When she was active again, she explored the shoreline in this area and continued probing the side as she moved out of this area. She traveled through some residential canals before ending up in a marina, where she checked out each berth before finding a nook where she settled in for another rest.

  8. 05/01/2019 01:00 PM
    • Camlee was resting just outside a canal where a mom/calf pair and a third manatee were socializing. Camlee could be seen from time to time pulling Mangrove leaves off the surface of the water and eating them. She milled out into the river for a bit then came back to her resting spot. This area was rather shallow, and she was stirring up a lot of sediment. At one point she brought her head way up out of the water and it had a large mat of Algae on it, she threw her head onto the top of the water and the algae floated off. She proceeded to consume that then went back to resting.

  9. 04/29/2019 12:00 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting at the mouth of a short canal. Respirations between 6-11 minutes. A mom/calf pair and 3 other manatees were resting nearby also. Towards the end of the observation the mom/calf pair headed out into the main part of the river and everyone, including Camlee, followed.

  10. 04/23/2019 07:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling in the Little Manatee River, exploring the sides of the river before finding a shady place to rest. Several streams of steady gas were observed during this time. Later she moved back out to the river and headed straight for a very shallow area where a mom/calf pair were feeding. Camlee moved in with them and started eating also. The calf started nudging Camlee which she did not seem to like because she immediately left. She moved to the other side of the river and began to rest again.

  11. 04/22/2019 09:05 AM
    • Camlee was near a cavorting group in the Little Manatee River. She traveled away from them and milled near some bulrushes along the shore. The cavorting group moved near her and she moved away from them again. She met up with a mom/calf pair and followed them for a while before resting in a shallow area. Another mom/calf pair came into the area and she quickly made her way over to them, socializing with them for the duration of the observation.

  12. 04/16/2019 10:45 AM
    • Camlee was first observed milling just on the inside of a boat channel in Tampa Bay. A boat went by fast and Camlee evaded taking off quickly. It took some time to relocate her as she had traveled some distance away from the high speed channel. She had settled into a grassy area and a mom/calf pair joined her as did a third manatee. At least three boats at high speed cut through this area instead of taking the channel. Each time all the manatees would dive down and emerge somewhere different. Camlee was intent on staying with the mom/calf pair and would travel quickly to rejoin them if they got separated while avoiding the boats.

  13. 04/11/2019 11:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling near the viewing platform. She moved to the first outflow briefly then back to underneath the platform. She rested under the platform for over an hour. Gas was observed, a steady stream of medium to large bubbles and then shortly after a second stream. Respirations every 10 minutes while resting.
  14. 04/09/2019 01:30 PM
    • Camlee was milling around the viewing platform for most of the day then met up with Agua. The two milled around together then both traveled down the canal. They stopped by one of the outflows and socialized together before bottom resting for a while. After resting they both started to head out of the canal but turned back in. Possibly due to high winds and waves.
  15. 04/08/2019 12:49 AM
    • Camlee was milling with Agua near the viewing platform. The two meandered between the platform and the first discharge flow for a while before Agua took a rest. Camlee remained active, occasionally trying to interact with Agua who was not interested. At one point it appeared that Camlee was chasing a juvenile Black Tip Shark around the pilings of the platform. Camlee eventually started resting until Agua began to move out of the canal. Camlee accompanied her to the last outflow then stopped to mill in the discharge. Visuals on Camlee was suspended for two hours but when resumed she was still at the outflow and milling between there and the platform.
  16. 04/03/2019 09:00 AM
    • Camlee was milling in the power plant canal. She would move between the outflows spending time in front of the ones pushing water out. Every so often another manatee would come into the canal and Camlee would move towards them and interact briefly. She spent a long time resting, then one of the outflows came on and she went right to it and milled in the current. She would move out of it briefly then go right back to it.
  17. 04/02/2019 03:00 PM
    • Camlee was resting by herself in a shallow part of the canal. Her respirations were between 7 to 10 minute intervals. She began to slowly move toward the viewing platform and then quickly headed for the back of the canal and under the guard rail. She came back in a few minutes and moved back out to the middle of the canal, settling in front of the middle discharge flows to rest again.
  18. 03/27/2019 08:30 AM
    • Camlee was milling between the discharge flows then made her way to the viewing platform just in time for the manatee PeePaw to be released. She was very close to the shore but as soon as the release team touched the water she bolted across the canal. She met up with PeePaw and the two socialized quite a bit. Camlee followed him as he made his way slowly down the canal. Just past the final discharge flow two other manatees (one being Agua) met them and they all socialized together. Once things settled down Camlee and a different manatee made their way back to the viewing platform. The two spent the remainder of the time moving around the canal but never going past the farthest discharge flow.
  19. 03/26/2019 10:30 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting with Agua at the far west discharge outflow. Both stayed very close and facing into the water coming out. After Agua left Camlee remained, continuing to bottom rest. Her respirations were very consistently every 10 minutes. This has been the same any time she has been bottom resting in the past.
  20. 03/25/2019 10:00 AM
    • Camlee was initially resting but some cavorting manatees caught her attention and she moved to their location. One of the animals in the group is a large manatee with a distinctive tail that Camlee had been with before. After a bit everyone settled down and took a rest. Camlee stayed close to the large manatee that she had been with, following her everywhere.
  21. 03/22/2019 02:30 PM
    • Attempted in water health assessment, however Camlee was not amenable to it. She moved towards the furthest outflow. Later in the day Camlee was socializing with about 5 other animals in and around the last outflow. She moved away from the outflow and started socializing with three different animals that had just come in. She traveled back towards the viewing platform and appeared to be trying to pull leaves off of the mangroves but the lower branches were bare. She met up with two different manatees who were resting near the platform and moved with them back towards the outflow
  22. 03/20/2019 10:00 AM
    • Camlee was surface resting with Agua at the far end of the discharge canal close to the bay. Agua left and shortly after Camlee made her way to where Agua was socializing with other manatees. Camlee stayed with this group, milling near the last discharge flow. She and Agua slowly made their way back to their original spot and started resting again
  23. 03/19/2019 05:00 PM
    • Camlee was bottom resting in the discharge canal prior to being seen. Her position near the wall made it difficult to get a visual on her until she moved further down later in the day. Once near the opening of the canal she milled around the buoys, before eventually exiting the canal. She made her way over to the opposite shore moving west until visual was lost.
  24. 03/13/2019 11:42 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting near the second outflow. When she was active she would hover in the outflow, then move just outside, then back in again. She milled between here and the viewing platform, meeting up with Agua at one point. They both moved from the platform to the center a couple of times. Camlee continued milling in this way, even as Agua was leaving the canal
  25. 03/11/2019 11:53 AM
    • Camlee was bottom resting way back in the discharge canal. Her respirations were consistently every 10 minutes. After an hour and a half she started traveling quickly down the canal. She reached the spot where Agua was resting and stopped. She bottom rested for twenty minutes, then began socializing with a third manatee that had entered the canal, and Agua.
  26. 03/08/2019 10:11 AM
    • Camlee was with a large group of manatees all congregated around one of the discharge flows. She spent a lot of time interacting with the other animals and they her. Her tag sparked a lot of interest and several manatees were playing with it. On occasion she would go to the seawall and rest, then return to the flow to mill and socialize.

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