About MJ

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 64245

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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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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