About Goober

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 177772

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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