About MJ

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

MJ was rescued as an orphaned calf in Satellite Beach, Brevard County, Florida on May 12, 2016. At the time of her time of rescue, she was 116 centimeters in length and weighed 60 pounds. She was transported to SeaWorld of Florida for recovery and later transferred to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for further care. She was 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 her release, she was 263 centimeters in length and weighed 930 pounds.

  1. 04/23/2019 09:00 AM
    • MJ’s tag was spotted in the Indian River. It stayed still, except when it would suddenly jerk down then pop back up. A pod of dolphins was active in the same area, and they were diving in and around the tag, causing the movement noted before. On approaching the tag, it was confirmed that the belt had broken, and all the gear was recovered.

  2. 04/16/2019 02:00 PM
    • MJ was milling and bottom resting in the power plant off the Indian River. When some dolphins moved closer to her and were actively splashing, she moved away. She began to travel up and down the canal, then towards the end of the observation, she moved away altogether. Some patches of sea grass were visible, and she would hover over them before moving on. It is possible she was feeding during this time, but it could not be confirmed.

  3. 04/11/2019 09:30 AM
    • MJ was traveling South in the Indian River. She stopped in a shallow area where there was lots of grasses but eating could not be confirmed. A body condition assessment was conducted. Her belly was flat but not concave. After her assessment she traveled a little way north until the boat had moved away then went right back to the same spot.
  4. 04/10/2019 02:30 PM
    • MJ was resting near the boat ramp with a respiration rate of every 9 minutes. She would occasionally mill around but then would go back to bottom resting.
  5. 04/08/2019 01:00 PM
    • MJ was milling in a sheltered area in the power plant. She traveled down towards the boat ramp, then back again. She began to bottom rest for the duration of the observation.
  6. 04/05/2019 11:00 AM
    • MJ was following another manatee south in the power plant discharge canal. They separated and MJ continued milling and feeding on algae. Gas bubbles were observed twice. While feeding another manatee approached and they began to socialize. She later joined a group of manatees, following and socializing with them.
  7. 04/01/2019 09:45 AM
    • MJ was with a group of socializing and cavorting manatees in the power plant canal. She participated in the cavorting quite a bit and every so often would move away from the group then move back. She socialized with Goober briefly. The cavorting calmed down and MJ began to mill around the canal.
  8. 03/27/2019 08:30 AM
    • MJ was milling in very choppy conditions in a power plant canal in the Indian River
  9. 03/25/2019 08:00 AM
    • MJ was near the outflow at a power plant canal in the Indian River with many other manatees. She was being chased a bit and interacting with another manatee before settling back down to rest for the remainder of the observation. Her respirations were between 5 to 8 minutes.
  10. 03/22/2019 08:30 AM
    • MJ was resting in a power plant canal in the Indian River with lots of other manatees. Something spooked a manatee near her and she moved away finding another area to continue her rest.
  11. 03/20/2019 09:30 AM
    • MJ was resting in a power plant canal in the Indian River. Another manatee began bumping her tag and following her causing her to change locations. She found a different spot in the canal and rested for the remainder of the observation.
  12. 03/19/2019 01:00 PM
    • MJ was traveling out of the power plant canal into the Indian River and continued towards the north.
  13. 03/18/2019 08:45 AM
    • MJ was bottom resting in the Indian River taking breaths every 7 to 8 minutes. She was approached by another manatee and they started socializing. It appeared at one point that the other manatee was chasing MJ, bumping her tag and following her. MJ zig zagged and turned until they were face to face and the socializing continued. Her respirations during this activity was 3 to 5 minutes.
  14. 03/15/2019 07:57 PM
    • MJ was observed traveling with a mom/calf pair in the Indian River. MJ’s respirations were every 2-3 minutes. At one point MJ separated herself from the pair, but quickly caught up with them soon after. The mom/calf pair stopped close to shore in shallower water and MJ did also. MJ began to interact with another manatee that came into the area, following it around. She went back to the resting mom/calf pair and continued to mill in this area. A dorsal view showed no wounds and no pacing was observed during this observation.
  15. 03/14/2019 08:32 PM
    • MJ was first seen milling back and forth near a causeway in the Indian River. Her behavior soon changed to pacing, swimming in tight circles, while also moving slightly in one direction. She reacted to the boat starting by diving down, she resurfaced and continued pacing. Her respirations were every 30 seconds while pacing. The boat was paddled closer to her to try to assess her body condition and again she reacted by diving down and swimming away. She moved out to deeper water and began traveling. Her respirations at this point were every 2-4 minutes
  16. 03/07/2019 02:30 PM
    • MJ was seen milling in the same area for a while near where she was released a few hours prior. She eventually made her way closer to groups but did not approach them closely. She was last seen slowly moving toward the warm water discharge.

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