About Percy

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 177772

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. 12/02/2019 09:45 AM
    • Percy was milling around in a quiet area, in Crane Creek, with other manatees resting nearby. She started traveling, following another manatee. She turned around after a little bit and circled back to where she had been. She socialized for a bit, and took off traveling, following a different manatee. She later stopped and milled around, then began bottom resting for the rest of the visual. She took 2 breaths every 12 - 13 minutes.

  2. 11/29/2019 08:15 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting for most of the visual. She milled on a few occasions after coming up for a breath, then went back to resting. At the end of the visual, she socialized with a passing manatee, then began milling around. She came up for breaths every 13- 14 minutes while resting.

  3. 11/23/2019 07:30 AM
    • Percy was traveling in the Sebastian River. She milled in a quiet cove, then began to travel. She made her way into a very open area in the river where she would submerge for 3 minutes, then pop up in a slightly different location. She started traveling along the side of the river, following the mangroves, occasionally stopping when she encountered another manatee before continuing. She stopped briefly to investigate a crab trap, then traveled for the rest of the visual.

  4. 11/22/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was traveling in the Sebastian River, she stopped in a quiet area with many other animals resting in the warm mud. She settled down there for a while, often coming up with mud on her head. She milled around a little bit and later in the evening, began traveling out of the area. She stopped in another cove where many other manatees were feeding on the banks. She moved up to different groups of feeding manatees, then traveled for the rest of the visual.

  5. 11/20/2019 09:00 AM
    • Percy was milling and traveling in the Sebastian River for the entire visual. Feces was observed and appeared very normal. Some fishing gear was removed from her tag.

  6. 11/19/2019 09:00 AM
    • Percy was milling in a quiet area of the Sebastian River with many other resting manatees. She started traveling and alternated between traveling and milling before stopping to feed on mangroves. When finished, she traveled again, socialized briefly, before milling around the bank with other feeding manatees for the rest of the visual.

  7. 11/12/2019 09:00 AM
    • Percy was resting in a canal off the Sebastian River. A few manatees approached her when she surfaced, and she socialized with them. She milled away from them and moved towards a log where she stopped to play with it briefly. She tucked herself into a shallow area between some small banks and rested again. Towards the end of the visual, a boat entered the area and Percy moved to deeper water, ducked under, and traveled away.

  8. 11/05/2019 02:15 PM
    • Percy was traveling up the Sebastian River with one other manatee for the entire visual. She did stop to socialize with her companion briefly before they continued to travel again.

  9. 10/29/2019 03:30 PM
    • Percy was socializing with a few other manatees in a small canal off the Sebastian River. When some water lettuce moved into the area, they all dispersed and began feeding. She milled around for a bit after, then went back to socializing. Gas was observed once.

  10. 10/25/2019 10:15 AM
    • Percy was feeding in a small canal off the Sebastian River. She spent the majority of the visual eating and socializing.

  11. 10/18/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was traveling in a small canal off the Sebastian River. When she reached her destination, she spent her time socializing with other manatees and snacking on water lettuce.

  12. 10/09/2019 09:30 AM
    • Percy was milling near the shoreline of a canal off the Sebastian River. Two other manatees were with her and they were eating from a wax myrtle tree hanging close to the water. Percy tried a little but did not continue eating it. She moved a little way from shore and began bottom resting. The other two continued moving down the shoreline, sampling the buffet. One made its way back to where Percy was resting, and Percy came back to the side. The manatee was pulling rushes down and eating them. Percy left, swam to the opposite side of the canal and proceeded to eat water lettuce.

  13. 10/03/2019 02:00 PM
    • Percy was traveling in a canal off the Sebastian River. When she reached her destination, she socialized with a few manatees and ate some water lettuce with other manatees in the area. A body assessment was obtained, and she appeared in good condition.

  14. 09/30/2019 10:15 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting in a canal on the Sebastian River, with two other manatees. After resting they started to socialize, Percy moved away but then came back and socialized more. She stopped to eat some passing water lettuce, then went back and socialized some more.

  15. 09/25/2019 11:15 AM
    • Percy was cavorting with several manatees in the Sebastian River. They all began feeding on patches of water lettuce. Percy alternated between socializing, cavorting, and feeding. A new group of manatees entered the area, she greeted them and socialized with them. She chased them around for the remainder of the visual.

  16. 09/19/2019 11:45 AM
    • Percy was playing by herself in a spillway in the Sebastian River. Other manatees were resting nearby while she was rolling around in the falling water, riding the current away, then repeating. She moved off to the side of the canal, into a quiet area and was stationary for about 10 minutes. She then went back to the spillway to continue rolling around. Some new manatees entered the area and she socialized with them before going back to play in the water, while they seemed to watch. She began to eat some patches of water lettuce and other unknown vegetation and leaves. She approached and greeted a nearby mom/calf pair and socialized for the rest of the visual.

  17. 09/10/2019 10:00 AM
    • Percy was socializing with a group of manatees in the Sebastian River. She drank water, munched on some water lettuce, then went back to socializing and cavorting. 

  18. 09/05/2019 12:00 PM
    • Percy was milling and socializing with other manatees in a canal off the Sebastian River. She moved into a larger part of the canal with another manatee. A boat came right by them and Percy ducked under suddenly. She remerged and was stationary for a bit, then began milling. Towards the end of the visual she began bottom resting.

  19. 08/26/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was resting off to the side of a canal in the Sebastian River. An alligator approached her tag and bumped it a few times causing Percy to move away and eventually leave the area. She made her way into a spillway area and began to socialize with other manatees. She and another manatee began feeding on water lettuce continuing till the end of the visual.

  20. 08/21/2019 08:45 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting in the Sebastian River. When she was active, she moved towards the spillway where another manatee was eating vegetation mixed in the foam from a spillway. Percy socialized briefly, then munched on a floating patch of water lettuce. She moved into the foam and joined the other manatee in eating off the surface. Due to an excessive amount of foam, it was unclear what they were eating.

  21. 08/15/2019 11:30 AM
    • Percy was socializing with three other manatees in shallow water near the bank of the Sebastian River. They began cavorting, rolling around and grabbing onto each other. When the other manatees would pay attention to someone else, she would chase them and get in the middle of the action again. After multiple rolls, providing views of her ventrum it could be determined that her abdomen was slightly rounded. Gas was observed about halfway through the visual.

  22. 08/08/2019 08:00 AM
    • Percy was traveling towards a spillway in the Sebastian River. A large patch of water lettuce was off to the side and many manatees were feeding from it. She approached the water lettuce patch and began feeding. Later, she milled away and joined a group of socializing manatees, that turned into a cavorting group. Percy milled away again and disappeared under the water lettuce patch. She reemerged and joined in the cavorting again, following the group for the rest of the visual.

  23. 07/29/2019 08:00 AM
    • Percy was socializing with another manatee in a shallow water area of the Sebastian River. There was some water lettuce pouring over a spillway and floating past her. She went around and ate all the nearby patches. After about 10 minutes, she began socializing again, heading over to the bank and feeding on grasses with the other manatee.

  24. 07/22/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting in the Sebastian River for a majority of the visual. She took breaths consistently every 10 to 11 minutes. At one point, she was startled by something (maybe another manatee) and traveled quickly away, creating a big disturbance in the water. She only traveled a little way down the canal before stopping and socializing with another manatee. Shortly after, she continued bottom resting through the end of the visual.

  25. 07/15/2019 12:45 PM
    • Percy was milling in a canal off the Sebastian River. She was in a least 6 feet of water, but the surrounding area was much shallower. She began bottom resting until another manatee entered the area. It followed a specific path through slightly deeper water along the bank. A second manatee came along following the same path. Percy socialized, followed the other manatee around, then went back to resting for the rest of the visual.

  26. 07/09/2019 09:45 AM
    • Percy was resting in Turkey Creek just outside the sanctuary. A manatee passed by and she roused briefly to investigate then went back to resting as the other manatee moved on. A body condition assessment was conducted as well as attempts to remove debris entwined around the tether. A mom/calf pair was moving past and Percy left to follow them. They made their way to the end of a canal where a third manatee was eating shore vegetation. There was some socializing and Percy gave one big roll that showed off her belly. There was no sign of any creases or folds. The group continued to socialize in this area.

  27. 07/08/2019 08:15 AM
    • Percy was traveling down a creek near Palm Bay, near another manatee who was milling around. She stopped for 20 minutes and seemed like she was going to rest when two manatees passed by her and she instead began to travel with them. She broke from the pair and milled around near a bank where she then ate some weeds and grasses. Her eating was interrupted by some kayakers passing her in a narrow area. She began to travel again until she found a resting manatee who she socialized with briefly. She continued down the creek coming near a kayak launch area. Some noisy kayakers spooked her, and she ducked under moving away.

  28. 07/03/2019 10:00 AM
    • Percy was traveling in the Indian River towards a small creek. She met up with a group of manatees in the creek, socialized for a bit, then began bottom resting with one other manatee. Her breaths were 7-8 minutes apart. Several manatees passing by roused her and she socialized briefly before continuing to rest.

  29. 07/01/2019 08:00 AM
    • Percy was observed feeding in a creek near Melbourne. She was eating Pennywort and a variety of grasses and weeds from the bank. Another manatee approached her, and they socialized for a while. She left that manatee and traveled on her own, stopping at an area with many socializing manatees and some mom/calf pairs. She continued socializing for the rest of the visual.

  30. 06/26/2019 07:30 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting with one other manatee close to the mouth of a creek near Melbourne, next to boats and docks. Her breaths were between 7 and 9 minutes apart. She had a mat of green algae wrapped around her tag (maybe saving it for a midday snack). After a while she began milling and traveling with the other manatee. At one point, she came out of the water suddenly offering a view of her side and peduncle. She had a roll at her peduncle and her side/right ventrum looked nice and rounded. They stopped in an open area of the creek and began socializing and chasing one another. Later they meandered up the creek together.

  31. 06/24/2019 08:45 AM
    • Percy was socializing with one other manatee up against the bank of a private yard, in a small creek, near Melbourne. They moved a little down the creek and she began bottom resting, while her friend continued to socialize for a while, eventually opting to rest also. Percy rested for the rest of the visual and sometimes had mud on her face when she came up for a breath. She surfaced for breaths about every 10 minutes, and later breaths increased to 14-15 minutes apart. Towards the end of the visual, her breaths were 10-11 minutes apart.

  32. 06/19/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was socializing for the entire observation near a water treatment outflow, in a creek, near Palm Bay. She was with one other manatee the whole time, although others would sometimes join in briefly. She would often surface with mud all over her while they were chasing each other.

  33. 06/17/2019 07:30 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting in a cove off the Sebastian River.  She would move a little bit but otherwise remained resting. Her breaths were spaced 7 minutes apart and later increased to 10. Another manatee was seen feeding on the bank nearby just outside the cove.

  34. 06/12/2019 08:00 AM
    • Percy was bottom resting in a quiet loop off the St. Sebastian River. Other manatees were playing with fallen trees and logs, rolling around while lifting them out of the water. After a while Percy joined in, going under logs and rolling around with them. After playing and socializing, she settled down and began bottom resting, along with her companions.

  35. 06/08/2019 09:00 AM
    • Percy was traveling in the St. Sebastian River, stopping to mill a little bit here and there. She continued to travel for most of the observation, stopping near the end to take a rest.

  36. 06/06/2019 02:00 PM
    • Percy was resting with a mom/calf pair in the St. Sebastian River. They socialized for a little while before the mom/calf pair moved on. Percy continued to rest, taking breaths every 6 to 9 minutes. She began to move slowly down river and continued for the duration of the visual.

  37. 06/06/2019 02:00 PM
    • Percy was resting with a mom/calf pair in the St. Sebastian River. They socialized for a little while before the mom/calf pair moved on. Percy continued to rest, taking breaths every 6 to 9 minutes. She began to move slowly down river and continued for the duration of the visual.

  38. 06/05/2019 04:00 PM
    • Percy was bottom resting, alone in a cove within the St. Sebastian River. She rested for most of the observation, becoming active towards the end. She traveled down river stopping to mill in a cove.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

       

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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. 

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 04/12/2019 08:30 AM
    • Percy was cavorting and socializing in the power plant canal for the entire observation.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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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