About Goober

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

Goober was rescued as an orphaned calf in poor body condition from the Desoto Canal in Brevard County, Florida on March 16, 2017. At the time of his rescue, he was 176 centimeters long and weighed 220 pounds. He was brought to SeaWorld of Florida and was later transferred to the Columbus Zoo for further care. Just prior to Goober’s release, he was transported back to SeaWorld and released 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, Goober was 227 centimeters in length and weighed 525 pounds.

  1. 09/11/2019 08:45 AM
    • Goober was milling around in a calm cove off the Indian River. He started traveling for a bit until he reached a group of socializing manatees and joined in. He then traveled a little further with another manatee, finding a different group of manatees and began socializing with them. They all started resting and continued for the rest of the observation. Shortly after the conclusion of this observation Goober's tag went offline. There is no indication as to what happened but every effort is being made to relocate and retag him.

  2. 08/27/2019 09:45 AM
    • Goober was feeding with other manatees, on the grass flats, in the Indian River. He traveled to another spot and continued to feed. He then traveled back to his original spot and began to feed again.

  3. 08/19/2019 12:00 PM
    • Goober was traveling in the Indian River. He stopped to mill for a few minutes before continuing to travel again. He found other manatees who were feeding. He began feeding on Halodule and continued to do so for the rest of the visual.

  4. 08/12/2019 08:15 AM
    • Goober was milling and feeding in the Indian river, occasionally tossing his head out of the water to chew. He stopped to socialize with a passing manatee, then continued feeding. He socialized again later for the rest of the visual. Gas was observed throughout the visual.

  5. 08/07/2019 08:00 AM
    • Goober was milling in the Indian River, with a few other manatees close by. An attempt was made to change out his tag that was being weighed down by barnacle growth. Goober started traveling south and seemed to have his mind set on a destination. He stopped briefly to socialize and after a severe storm passed, began traveling again. He reached a freshwater site that he frequents and took a very long rest. At this time his tag was successfully changed.

  6. 08/06/2019 08:45 AM
    • Goober was milling in the Indian River, with a few other manatees close by. An attempt was made to change out his tag that was being weighed down by barnacle growth. Goober started traveling south and due to weather, the observation and tag exchange attempt was concluded.

  7. 08/05/2019 08:00 AM
    • Goober was milling in the Indian River, with other manatees nearby. An attempt was made to change his tag that was being weighed down by barnacles. He would alternate between traveling and milling, stopping to socialize a few times. He later began feeding towards the end of the visual.

  8. 08/04/2019 08:00 AM
    • Goober was milling on the grass flats in the Indian River. An attempt was made to change his tag that was being weighed down by barnacles. He would alternate between milling and traveling. Eventually, he came across other manatees and socialized for a bit, then began feeding. He later traveled for the rest of the visual.

  9. 07/23/2019 08:45 AM
    • Goober was feeding on Halodule, with other manatees, in the Indian River. He stopped briefly to socialize and travel, but otherwise continued feeding. Towards the end of the visual, an air boat sped through the area and he took off traveling. He resumed feeding after a few minutes.

  10. 07/16/2019 11:15 AM
    • Goober was milling on the grass flats, in the Indian River, and began socializing with a mom/calf pair. He followed them around, milling together for a while. He left them to travel, stopping to mill briefly before continuing

  11. 07/11/2019 10:00 AM
    • Goober was milling in an area of the Indian River, with a good amount of sea grass. He began traveling after a while. Then stopped and socialized with a few manatees. He started milling again and could possibly have been feeding but it wasn’t confirmed.

  12. 07/02/2019 09:00 AM
    • Goober was milling in shallow water near a little island in the Indian River with a few other manatees nearby. He later moved off and socialized with a few manatees, then began to travel upriver. He stopped and milled by a bridge for a little bit before continuing to travel north.

  13. 06/27/2019 09:00 AM
    • Goober was observed socializing with another manatee in the Indian River. He started traveling, stopped to mill briefly, then continued traveling for the rest of the visual. There was a significant increase in brown algae since last week and it covered a lot of the areas where there was previously Halodule. There was still seagrass, but the patches seemed sparser.

  14. 06/18/2019 08:30 AM
    • Goober was initially traveling in choppy conditions with many other manatees in the Indian River. He stopped and milled for a little bit, then continued traveling away from the bay. He alternated a few more times between milling and traveling for the rest of the visual.

  15. 06/11/2019 10:00 AM
    • Goober was feeding with other manatees in the Indian River. He continued to feed with a respiration rate of 2 to 3 minutes while feeding. His head was coming out of the water while he was chewing, and he was stirring up a lot of sediment and grass

  16. 05/30/2019 09:46 AM
    • Goober was eating with another manatee in the Indian River. He took a short rest before several more manatees moved into the area and he was busy socializing. He followed a mom/calf pair, a little bit away, where they started feeding again.

  17. 05/22/2019 12:45 PM
    • Goober was socializing with one smaller manatee near a cavorting group. They were both swimming upside down under water. He later cavorted a little, then milled away. He returned to socializing shortly after. Goober was shallow enough that his abdomen was visible out of the water. His ventrum could be seen clearly, it was rounded and not concave. He received a body score of 3.  

  18. 05/16/2019 02:00 PM
    • Goober was milling and socializing in an area with a lot of food and other manatees. It was possible to confirm that he was eating. He was stirring up sediment and seagrass while also lifting his head high out of the water and chewing a few times. Other manatees were eating nearby him as well. He stopped to socialize when other manatees got closer, then continued to mill/feed again.

  19. 05/14/2019 11:45 AM
    • Goober was traveling north under the Titusville bridge. He stopped to mill once north of the boat ramp, then continued traveling closer to shore. He later started to mill with a few other manatees in an area with a lot of sea grass patches. 

  20. 05/02/2019 09:30 AM
    • Goober was socializing near a freshwater source in choppy conditions. He periodically would go under the concrete into a tunnel where many other manatees were going. He popped back out a few times, still socializing, then eventually followed a large manatee away from the site. After a few minutes of traveling, he turned and went back to the freshwater site and continued socializing.

  21. 04/29/2019 03:15 PM
    • Goober was socializing with other manatees, in a popular freshwater site in the Indian River. He milled and socialized following the other manatees in and out of the tunnel. He began resting and continued for the duration of the observation. There was a good amount of sea grass floating in the area. Like many of the manatees he was seen with, he has some barnacles growing on his back.

  22. 04/25/2019 09:00 AM
    • Goober was socializing with two other manatees near an island. Nearby, there was a group of cavorting manatees, but he remained on the outside of the group. After a bit, Goober began traveling away and went back to where he started. He began to socialize again next to the cavorting group.

  23. 04/22/2019 10:45 AM
    • Goober was traveling south, in the Indian River, close to shore with other manatees. They all stopped at a fresh water site. He socialized with a few manatees but seemed to be following one in particular. He would occasionally mill off to the side, but then join up with the others again. The area where the fresh water was flowing was in a tunnel, so he would sometimes go in with the others and come back out a little later. 

  24. 04/17/2019 04:00 PM
    • Goober was milling in the Indian River with a few other manatees. Their heads would come up high, but it did not appear they were interacting with each other. They could have been feeding but that could not be confirmed. Several people on jet skis were going back and forth in the same location as the manatees. Goober would disappear when the jet skis came by, then reappear later and come back to this same spot.

  25. 04/15/2019 01:00 PM
    • Goober was socializing with many manatees in the Indian River. A few times he went up to the freshwater output and started drinking. After a while, he started milling and eventually bottom resting.

  26. 04/12/2019 01:00 PM
    • Goober was milling in a narrow waterway off the Indian River. He stopped at the entrance to a culvert and started to go through, then slowly moved back to the waterway. He eventually made his way back to where he started.
  27. 04/09/2019 09:30 AM
    • Goober was milling in a cove, in the Indian River with a few other manatees where it was pretty choppy. He socialized for a bit, then traveled to and from a nearby island. He ended up right back where he started and began to slowly mill along the shoreline where it was a little more sheltered. As he continued to mill along the mangrove line he got too close to a rather large alligator. They surprised each other causing a big commotion. Goober came pretty far out of the water as he took off in the other direction. The alligator continued opening its mouth at him for a little while. Goober continued to mill around the mangroves, meeting up with another manatee and they took off traveling together.
  28. 04/03/2019 04:00 PM
    • Goober was traveling towards the canal entrance at the power plant with another manatee. He traveled all the way to the end of the canal, milled for a bit, then settled down off to the side and began bottom resting. A few manatees approached him and he socialized briefly before moving to a different area to continue resting. His respirations were about 8 to 9 minutes during this time.
  29. 04/01/2019 10:00 AM
    • Goober was bottom resting to the side of the canal in the power plant despite all the socializing and cavorting in the area. His respirations were about every 9 to 10 minutes. Once things got a little more hectic near his resting spot, he moved away positioning himself under some mangroves. He milled there for a bit then moved to the other side of the canal under more mangroves.
  30. 03/29/2019 10:45 AM
    • Goober was spotted traveling along the shoreline of the Indian River in slightly choppy water. His respirations were about 2 to 3 minutes.
  31. 03/28/2019 09:00 AM
    • Goober was first seen traveling away from the warm water discharge. He stopped to mill near where BamBam was, then turned and traveled back towards the outflow. After being stationary at the outflow for a bit, he began to mill, eventually moving away from the discharge again. His respirations were about 2 to 4 minutes.
  32. 03/22/2019 08:30 AM
    • Goober was stationary at first with many other manatees at the power plant. He started milling after a little bit and eventually began traveling away from the outflow area.
  33. 03/20/2019 09:00 AM
    • Goober was stationary and possibly resting near the warm water discharge amongst many other manatees trying to stay warm. He began to mill a little bit further out from the power plant, then traveled back closer toward the outflow. He then continued to be stationary, occasionally milling every so often.
  34. 03/14/2019 01:20 PM
    • Goober was seen traveling near the shoreline in Mosquito Lagoon. He slowly made his way down to where Percy was hanging out. Percy initially moved away from him, then turned around and greeted him before they began to rest near each other.
  35. 03/13/2019 12:04 PM
    • Goober was initially traveling in the Indian River, then began milling and switching directions. He was stationary for a brief time before milling again. He began to travel again and continued for the rest of the observation.
  36. 03/11/2019 11:06 AM
    • Goober was milling in the Indian River in a calm sheltered area. Another manatee approached his tag and followed him. Goober turned and faced the other manatee briefly then continued on. Once alone again he rested and milled for the duration of the observation.
  37. 03/07/2019 02:30 PM
    • Goober was seen in the distance, not far from his release site. It was unclear what he was doing, although he appeared to be milling.

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