About Baca

Gender: Male
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Baca was rescued as an orphaned calf from Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida on July 9, 2017. Baca was suffering from respiratory distress, was only 183 centimeters long, 300 pounds and should have still been with his mother. He was transported to SeaWorld of Florida for rehabilitation and later transferred to South Florida Museum for continued care. Baca was released into Indian River located near Port St. John, Brevard County, Florida on March 7, 2019 and will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. Baca was 242 centimeters in length and weighed 675 pounds at the time of his release.

  1. 12/05/2019 09:45 AM
    • Baca was bottom resting in a tight group of manatees in Willoughby Creek. He occasionally milled to a different spot and continued resting. At the end of the visual, he traveled out of the area.

  2. 12/04/2019 09:45 AM
    • Baca was resting with many other manatees for most of the visual in Willoughby Creek. He would periodically move around to different nearby spots. Eventually, at the end of visual, he traveled out of the area. An attempt to retag him was unsuccessful. 

  3. 05/05/2019 01:00 PM
    • Baca’s tag and tether were recovered at Kennedy Point Marina. The tether was broken close to where it attached to the belt. This area and other places, he had been prior to this, were searched listening for the sonic in his belt. Though he could not be located at this time, every effort will be made to relocate and re tag him.

  4. 05/01/2019 09:30 AM
    • Baca was milling with many other manatees nearby in choppy water. He began to socialize with one other manatee, following that animal out of the marina to a close by sandbar. Once at the sand bar, Baca began to mill around with the other manatee. A lot of sea grass was floating into the marina from the river.

  5. 04/29/2019 09:15 AM
    • Baca was milling outside of Banana Creek. He started traveling west in choppy water. There was some sea grass seen floating in the area.

  6. 04/19/2019 10:30 AM
    • Baca was traveling quickly in Banana Creek, in choppy conditions. He started milling for a while until he found a calm area and began bottom resting. He became active again near the end of the observation. At least one other manatee was seen bottom resting in the same area.

  7. 04/16/2019 11:15 AM
    • Baca was bottom resting in Banana Creek with a respiration rate of 8 to 10 minutes. At least two other manatees were in the area, although not very close to him. A little bit into the observation, an air boat entered the area. He came up for a breath as the boat was heading his direction. He immediately ducked under, jerking his tag a bit. Then, he continued resting a little way from where he was initially.

  8. 04/12/2019 11:15 AM
    • Baca was initially milling in the creek near a floating alligator. He socialized with at least two other manatees based on the tails, backs and heads out of the water around him. He eventually started traveling away with another manatee.
  9. 04/08/2019 08:00 AM
    • Baca was initially bottom resting in the creek with at least a few other manatees nearby. He later began to alternate between milling and being stationary. He socialized for a little bit halfway through the observation, then continued milling. His face appeared to be grey with no coloration
  10. 03/29/2019 01:40 PM
    • Baca was stationary next to a single manatee for approximately 10 minutes before a mother/calf pair showed up. Baca’s friend moved over to socialize with the female, while the female tried to focus on drinking from the surface. An enormous gator resting along the bank abruptly darted into the water, causing the manatees to move away. Socializing resumed with the original manatee before they all slowly moved back to their corner to sit on the bottom stationary again
  11. 03/25/2019 01:40 PM
    • Baca left his nice “out of the way” cove to travel 3.5 miles east to pace in waves that were 1.5ft high. Multiple kayak attempts were made to get close to Baca to assess what he looked like dorsally bu due to the high waves and his determination to avoid the kayak, no assessment could be made. At the end of the visual, he swam off into the waves crashing over his head.
  12. 03/21/2019 12:30 PM
    • Baca was first seen milling close to shore in the Indian River. He did a little bit of zigzagging, then settled in a quiet area. His respirations were every 4 to 6 minutes. He began to mill about an hour into the observation. He stopped again after ten minutes and continued resting for the duration of the observation.
  13. 03/13/2019 01:55 PM
    • Baca was milling in the Indian River with at least one other manatee. Several times as boats approached and passed him, he reacted to avoid them. He continued to mill and travel until the observation was complete.
  14. 03/12/2019 08:38 PM
    • Baca was first seen in the Indian River socializing with one other manatee. He reacted to a passing boat by moving to the edge of the waterway. Still with another manatee he moved into a cove that was also a manatee zone. He milled around the cove and frequently approached other resting manatees. He explored all corners of the cove and finally settled down. A boat entered the area and he moved away from it, staying at the surface. A different boat started its engine in this same area and Baca took a deep dive and stayed under until the boat left the cove. He continued milling for the rest of the observation
  15. 03/07/2019 03:30 PM
    • Baca was milling close to the warm water discharge and eventually made his way a little further out from the discharge, along the peninsula

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