About BamBam

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 177777

BamBam was first rescued as an orphaned calf with cold stress from the Grand Canal in Satellite Beach, Brevard County, Florida on January 18, 2015. He was 145 centimeters long and weighed 174 pounds at the time of his rescue. He was brought to SeaWorld of Florida to recover and then was transferred to Cincinnati Zoo for continued care. He was first released in the Berkeley Canal, Satellite Beach, Florida on March 7, 2018, but was rescued again March 26, 2018 due to cold stress. BamBam returned to SeaWorld of Florida to recover. He was released again on March 7, 2019 into Indian River located near Port St. John, Brevard County, Florida and will be monitored by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. At the time of his release, he was 259 centimeters in length and weighed 865 pounds.

  1. 09/24/2019 10:45 AM
    • BamBam was milling in the Indian River. A wake caused some waves to hit an anchored boat and he approached the boat to investigate the noise. He circled a few times, moved away, and milled again. He approached the boat once more than moved away to feed with some other manatees. He left to travel with some other manatees toward a known freshwater site.

  2. 09/16/2019 01:15 PM
    • BamBam was cavorting with a group of manatees in the Indian River. They were near some small islands that were sheltered from the strong current and choppy conditions. He socialized with the group, making sure to greet every manatee around him. He then traveled briefly with one other manatee before they settled down and rested together. A lot of macro algae was being pushed into the area, accumulating around the islands.

  3. 09/11/2019 11:15 AM
    • BamBam was traveling, in the Indian River, for a majority of the visual. He was with two other manatees moving up a creek. He socialized with passing manatees a few times as he continued his trek. He eventually stopped and socialized for the remainder of the visual.

  4. 08/27/2019 01:15 PM
    • BamBam spent the entire visual traveling in the North Indian River. He would stop for short amounts of time to feed then continue traveling again.

  5. 08/22/2019 11:15 AM
    • BamBam was milling slowly on the grass flats in the North Indian River. He started eating with other manatees nearby, lifting his head out of the water to chew. He traveled to a few different locations, continuing to feed. The wind and wave chop increased drastically, and he began traveling south. He would stop to mill occasionally but otherwise continued to travel.

  6. 08/12/2019 11:00 AM
    • BamBam was feeding with other manatees in the North Indian River. As other manatees passed by, he would socialize with them, then go back to feeding. He started traveling with two manatees and continued for the rest of the visual. Gas was observed once.

  7. 07/23/2019 11:30 AM
    • BamBam rested for the entire visual in the Oak Hill area. Many other manatees were also resting nearby. His sleep was interrupted briefly by a passing manatee who tried to socialize with him. His breaths were 10 minutes apart, later increasing to 12

  8. 07/16/2019 02:00 PM
    • BamBam was socializing in a popular manatee hangout spot, near Oak Hill. He was moving around to different manatees, socializing with some longer than others. He met up with a small group and joined them in playing with a large tree branch. At one point, he stopped to snack on some grass and on a few occasions, tossed his head up with grass hanging out of his mouth. He then continued to socialize for the rest of the observation

  9. 07/09/2019 08:30 AM
    • BamBam was feeding on sea grass along with other manatees in the Oak Hill area. He ate for about an hour, then began socializing with a small group of manatees. He later settled down and rested for the duration of the observation

  10. 07/03/2019 04:45 PM
    • BamBam was socializing with many other manatees in the Oak Hill area. Nearby, there was a lot of cavorting and mating. He joined in cavorting, but remained outside the mating herd, with a few other manatees that were also not participating. He later moved away from the mating herd and socialized again.

  11. 06/27/2019 11:45 AM
    • BamBam was cavorting with a group of manatees, in the Oak Hill area, for a majority of the visual. Things slowed down a little and he socialized a bit, then began to bottom rest. A lot of duckweed was seen floating in the area today, possibly coming from up creek.

  12. 06/18/2019 11:15 AM
    • BamBam was traveling initially, then began milling in an area with many other manatees feeding nearby. He socialized for a little bit with a group and one other manatee followed him and played with his tag. He later began feeding and continued to do so for the last half hour of the visual.

  13. 06/13/2019 09:30 AM
    • BamBam was bottom resting along with other manatees in the area. He woke up and socialized with a passing manatee, then continued to rest. There was sea grass noted in the shallow areas of the river, along with land grasses along the bank.

  14. 06/05/2019 11:30 AM
    • BamBam was socializing with a group of manatees in the Oak Hill area. There were a few cavorting groups nearby. BamBam joined one of the groups, cavorting with them. He would take a small break then go back to socializing and cavorting.

  15. 05/29/2019 10:09 AM
    • BamBam was socializing close to shore in the Indian River. The activity escalated to cavorting, then several manatees broke away into a mating herd. BamBam did not join but stayed near shore with one other animal. They began feeding on the submerged grasses and slowly moved away from shore but continued to feed.

  16. 05/20/2019 01:45 PM
    • BamBam was bottom resting, occasionally waking up to socialize or change position. Sometimes, another manatee would disturb him or his tag while he was resting, causing him to reposition before resting again. Gas was observed twice.

  17. 05/15/2019 10:15 AM
    • BamBam was socializing with a group of manatees at the start of the observation. He later began cavorting with the group. A skiff idled passed very close to the group and BamBam moved away, off to the side of the creek. He was stationary for a while after that, then began to socialize again. Things quieted down and he bottom rested for the duration of the visual. 

  18. 05/13/2019 01:00 PM
    • BamBam was resting in his usual spot in the creek. A little bit into the visual, a group of manatees suddenly began socializing right near him and he joined in. He later moved off to the side of the activity and continued resting. Towards the end of the visual, he started socializing again.

  19. 05/08/2019 02:30 PM
    • BamBam was socializing initially with a group of manatees. They eventually all became more active and he started cavorting with them. After a little bit, the cavorting stopped, and he began milling around in the canal and socializing.

  20. 05/01/2019 11:30 AM
    • BamBam was bottom resting throughout the visual. Three times, he woke up, socialized with a nearby manatee for a bit, relocated, then went back to resting. When he was resting his respirations were between 10 and 13 minutes apart.

  21. 04/29/2019 05:30 PM
    • BamBam was initially socializing with a group of manatees near Oak Hill. He continued to socialize, stopping to rest briefly, for the remainder of the observation.

  22. 04/25/2019 03:00 PM
    • BamBam was milling in a cove, off the Indian River, for most of the observation. There were a lot of seagrass patches and pieces of seagrass floating nearby. It is possible he was eating, though that could not be confirmed. After a bit he began traveling, stopping and milling along the way.

  23. 04/22/2019 02:15 PM
    • BamBam was milling in the Indian River with a few other manatees. He began to travel with one other manatee to the north and out of range to continue a visual.

  24. 04/17/2019 11:29 AM
    • BamBam was traveling to the East side of Mosquito Lagoon, in very shallow water. He stopped and milled for a bit then continued traveling again. He was seen a few times a few times with at least one other manatee nearby.

  25. 04/11/2019 02:00 PM
    • BamBam was traveling north in the Indian River. He suddenly changed direction and another manatee was seen in the area where he was headed. He took off again, then again redirected finally coming to stop. Two other manatees were spotted with him in this area. The wind and current made it difficult to get in a good position for a body condition assessment without using the engine. Even at a distance, he would react and dive down any time the engine was started.
  26. 04/08/2019 02:45 PM
    • BamBam was bottom resting really close to a few other manatees near the outflow at the power plant. His respirations were about 7 minutes. No discoloration was seen on his face, although the left side was the only part visible.
  27. 04/05/2019 01:45 PM
    • BamBam was resting near the power plant outflow, not far from Percy. He began to mill after a little bit, then socialized with at least one manatee before going back to resting. His respirations were every 9 to 11 minutes while resting and about 3 to 4 minutes while milling.
  28. 04/01/2019 01:00 PM
    • /1/2019-1:00 BamBam was traveling south towards the outflow at the power plant. Once he reached the outflow he began socializing and milling with many other manatees. Eventually he settled down in one spot and bottom rested. After an hour and ten minutes he traveled away from the outflow and stopped near where Percy was. Then he began resting again. Towards the end of the observation he started milling near Percy.
  29. 03/28/2019 08:30 AM
    • BamBam was stationary at the beginning of the observation. He began to mill after a little bit, at one point side by side with Percy. After awhile he started moving further way from the warm water discharge.
  30. 03/27/2019 08:30 AM
    • BamBam was in very choppy conditions (3+ ft. waves) at the power plant. He traveled away from the warm water, then back again, milling in this way for the duration of the observation.
  31. 03/25/2019 08:30 AM
    • BamBam was stationary at the power plant with a respiration rate of every 3 minutes. There were many of small sharks sharing the power plant and startling fish out of the water near him. He moved away from the splashing and activity. The chaos followed him and he moved away again closer to the outflow.
  32. 03/22/2019 11:00 AM
    • BamBam was traveling south in the Indian River, ducking under as boats went by. He settled in a marina with many other manatees. Some of the manatees appeared to be eating but it was clear if BamBam was eating also. A few times, he did lift his head a little higher out of the water and was moving around while under, popping up in different locations each time. He started following another manatee about an hour later, milling around boats and docks.
  33. 03/21/2019 09:00 AM
    • BamBam was traveling in the Indian River with another manatee. He slowed down and moved to one side, ducking under as four large boats passed consecutively. He began bottom resting just inside a cove entrance. A few times, when he came up for air, boats and kayaks came by and he quickly reacted by ducking under fast and relocating. He eventually moved further into the cove which had less disturbance and many more manatees. His respirations were between 4 to 7 minutes.
  34. 03/11/2019 03:25 PM
    • BamBam was first seen milling near the shoreline of a peninsula in the Indian River. He meandered over to an area where dolphins and birds were hunting. After checking out that activity, he moved further from shore and began traveling north. He maintained this course for the duration of the observation
  35. 03/07/2019 02:30 PM
    • A few hours after release, BamBam was seen milling not far from his release location. He eventually made his way over to a few groups of cavorting and mating manatees. He circled a few times then moved away. He approached the group a second time, then moved away again. Later he was seen much closer to the warm water discharge.

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