About Percy

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 177775

Percy was rescued as a cold stressed orphaned calf from San Pablo River, Duval County, Florida on December 16, 2017. She was 195 centimeters long and weighed 331 pounds at the time of her rescue. She was transported to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and soon after moved to SeaWorld of Florida for extensive treatment. She later returned to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for continued care. Percy was released into Indian River located near Port St. John, Brevard County, Florida on March 7, 2019 and will be monitored by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. At the time of release, she was 244 centimeters long and 838 pounds.

  1. 05/30/2019 08:30 PM
    • Percy was traveling in the river by herself. An alligator swam rapidly towards her tag from across the river. She reacted quickly once the alligator reached her and turned back the way she came. She entered a cove where other manatees were resting and began to socialize with them. She followed them resting and socializing before moving off on her own. While by herself she rolled and played in shallow water, stopping to drink water a couple of times. She milled and rested till she found another manatee and began to follow it. They headed towards the mangroves and started feeding on mangrove leaves and possibly tape grass

  2. 05/29/2019 11:15 PM
    • Percy was resting with a mom/calf pair in a cove off the St. Sebastian River. Percy followed the pair separating only when another manatee came into the area. After socializing with the new animal Percy and her friend joined the mom/calf pair.

  3. 05/28/2019 11:45 AM
    • Percy was traveling in the St. Sebastian River until she found a spot to rest. While resting her respirations were every 8 to 9 minutes. She was roused by a mom/calf pair passing by and began to follow them. She stayed with this pair while they traveled, milled, and rested.

  4. 05/27/2019 01:15 PM
    • Percy was milling in a quiet cove off the main part of the river, with several other manatees. She bottom rested for a while, then began to mill and socialize. She started feeding on fern leaves, sampling some waterlily and mangrove leaves also. She traveled to multiple spots along the river and continued to feed on fern leaves.

  5. 05/24/2019 11:30 AM
    • Percy was following two manatees closely. They stopped in a little cove off to the side of the main river. The other manatees began to bottom rest and Percy milled around socializing with them when they were not resting. On two occasions a boat passed by and she ducked under to avoid it. She began to bottom rest and continued to stay near the two manatees she had been with earlier.

  6. 05/22/2019 03:45 PM
    • Percy was with two other manatees who were noticeably feeding on the bank. Percy was not seen feeding but followed them as they relocated to different spots. After some time, she left them behind and traveled through the creek. She met up with some manatees heading in the opposite direction. She turned and followed them. This group also stopped to feed while she remained nearby. She was not observed eating at this time. She left this group and began traveling again continuing to do so for the duration of the visual.


  7. 05/20/2019 08:45 AM
    • Percy was milling alone under docks and near boats. She began to travel away from that area about 20 minutes into the observation. She stopped traveling when she came across two manatees under mangroves and went over to join them. They were feeding on mangrove leaves, moving to different sides of the river while she continued to follow. She appeared to try to reach for leaves also but did not get any. She left the two manatees and traveled further up the river. She found another very social group and joined in. Some of those animals started feeding and though she was right with them she did not eat. After socializing for a while longer she settled down with one other manatee and bottom rested for the duration of the observation.

  8. 05/16/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was traveling up the Eau Gallie River and stopped to begin bottom resting in a quiet area. She would wake up and mill when another manatee approached her, then go back to resting.

  9. 05/14/2019 08:00 AM
    • Percy was milling in a quiet residential canal area. She later began to mill under some docks with one other manatee behind her. A few times, she moved away from the other manatee who was chasing her, then continued milling. She traveled away into another branch of the canal, where she continued to mill. Throughout this time her breaths were between four to six minutes apart. She had a lot of gas production on two separate occasions. A resident said she had been bottom resting earlier in the morning. A body condition assessment was conducted. Her ventrum was a little concave near her umbilicus. She had a crease and small roll at her peduncle and the area between her peduncle and anus was rounded.

  10. 05/09/2019 09:45 AM
    • Percy was traveling quickly, south, close to shore. She stopped for a moment once on the other side of an overpass, then continued. She seemed to be traveling alone.

  11. 04/29/2019 12:45 PM
    • Percy was bottom resting near a freshwater source with many other manatees nearby. Her respiration intervals ranged from 7 to 11 minutes. 

  12. 04/25/2019 11:00 AM
    • Percy was initially bottom resting, then began socializing with one other manatee. They would surface together, and she would often have a lot of mud on her face. She traveled out and back from the marina with the same manatee. When she surfaced, a shallow skeg mark was seen on her back as well as a few superficial cuts, indicating she had a boat encounter. Her tag had a chunk taken out as well. Her behavior was normal and gas and feces were both noted during the visual.

  13. 04/23/2019 11:30 AM
    • Percy was milling in the power plant canal off the Indian River. A large alligator left the boat ramp and headed towards her. She started moving out of the canal with the alligator close behind. Percy entered the river and the gator stayed in the canal. Percy met another manatee and they began socializing. They continued interacting with each other for the duration of the observation.

  14. 04/23/2019 11:30 AM
    • Percy was milling in the power plant canal off the Indian River. A large alligator left the boat ramp and headed towards her. She started moving out of the canal with the alligator close behind. Percy entered the river and the gator stayed in the canal. Percy met another manatee and they began socializing. They continued interacting with each other for the duration of the observation.

  15. 04/17/2019 04:15 PM
    • Percy was milling under mangroves, side by side with a few other manatees, in a power plant canal off the Indian River. They socialized a little and then she later began bottom resting.

  16. 04/16/2019 04:15 PM
    • Percy was resting near the wall, in a marina, on the Indian River. A little over an hour into the visual, she traveled closer to land and milled by a freshwater outflow, near many other manatees. She traveled back toward the outer wall, turned and traveled toward the freshwater area again.

  17. 04/15/2019 08:00 PM
    • Percy was cavorting for the whole visual. She would occasionally move off to the side, but then join back in the cavorting.

  18. 04/12/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was cavorting and socializing in the power plant canal for the entire observation.

  19. 04/08/2019 10:30 AM
    • Percy was resting in the power plant canal, away from cavorting and socializing manatees. After a while she approached the outside of the group and began to socialize a little. Then she joined in, cavorting with the others. While the cavorting groups calmed down, Percy continued to socialize.

  20. 04/05/2019 11:00 AM
    • Percy was following a mom/calf pair in the power plant canal. She traveled around to the other side of the peninsula towards the outflow. When she came back into view she was bottom resting near BamBam.

  21. 04/01/2019 02:30 PM
    • Percy was bottom resting in the power plant discharge canal. She occasionally changed positions then would go back to resting.

  22. 03/28/2019 09:00 AM
    • Percy was milling in a power plant canal in the Indian River. She was joined by many other manatees including MJ and BamBam
  23. 03/25/2019 11:00 AM
    • Percy was milling near shore in a private community on the Indian River. There were at least two other manatees in this area also. She traveled closer to a power plant canal then moved back to this area. There was some algae available along the shoreline and some dark patches in the water that may have been another food source.
  24. 03/19/2019 01:30 AM
    • Percy was resting in a power plant canal in the Indian River. She would mill further into the canal at times but then come back to the entrance and continue resting. Her respirations during this time were between 6 to 9 minutes.
  25. 03/18/2019 12:30 PM
    • Percy was resting in a quiet part of a Marina on the Indian River, with a few other manatees resting nearby. She primarily rested but occasionally would mill around interacting with one other manatee before resting again.
  26. 03/14/2019 11:47 AM
    • Percy was milling in a mangrove protected cove off of Mosquito Lagoon. She spent most of the observation milling around with several other manatees, though not being very social. Goober entered this area and the two of them interacted briefly.
  27. 03/13/2019 09:30 AM
    • Percy was seen traveling with at least one other manatee in the Indian River. They appeared to be chasing each other. After traveling in one direction for some time, she would slowly turn and begin traveling in a different direction. This continued until the observation was over.
  28. 03/08/2019 09:40 AM
    • Percy quickly left the warm water discharge on the previous day. She was observed milling in front of a boat ramp. She briefly interacted with two manatees passing by. She followed them north, many other manatees were traveling this same path. Percy stopped for a few minutes then began traveling with another manatee before she stopped again. She milled in this area for a time then started traveling with two different manatees. After 15 minutes she stopped and began milling again doing so until the end of the observation.

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