About Sriracho

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 110750

Sriracho was rescued as a calf with his mother “Heinz” in Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida on September 20, 2018. He was 181centimeters long and 180 pounds at the time of his rescue. Both Sriracho and his mother were transported to Sea World of Florida. Sriracho and his mother were transferred to ZooTampa for continued care. His mother “Heinz” is still under medical care but Sriracho has reached the age when he would be on his own. He was released on December 16, 2019 at Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County. He was 238 centimeters long and weighed 680 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research

  1. 01/20/2020 12:30 PM
    • Sriracho was resting just outside Homosassa Springs State Park. As more manatees moved into the spring area, Sriracho started interacting with them. He and a few other manatees would chase each other, then split off to interact with new manatees that had just arrived. Some of the groups escalated to cavorting and Sriracho moved to a quieter area and went back to resting.

  2. 01/15/2020 09:00 AM
    • Sriracho was feeding in the Homosassa River with several other manatees. Heads were tossing and bits of grasses were coming up and floating down river. He did stop a few times to greet new manatees when they moved in but then would go back to eating. He moved into the shallows and rested briefly before going back to the group and feeding again. Respirations were every 5-6 minutes.

  3. 01/10/2020 09:15 AM
    • Sriracho was resting in the Homosassa River near some boats. When the boats would move, he would adjust his position and go back to resting. When he was done, he moved towards several manatees and began interacting with them. He continued to do so for the rest of the observation. He had some new superficial marks on his left side and some bleaching from the cold. His belly appeared rounded and overall to have a normal body condition. 

  4. 01/07/2020 11:30 AM
    • Sriracho was resting just inside the sanctuary at Homosassa Springs State Park. During the observation he would alternate between resting and socializing with some of the many manatees that were there as well. 

  5. 01/03/2020 02:30 PM
    • Sriracho was resting in a small circle of mangroves just off the Salt River. Another manatee was feeding very close to him. The other animal slowly moved closer to Sriracho and appeared to bump him which may have startled Sriracho as there was a lot of commotion. Sriracho darted out of the cove but didn’t go far before coming back and settling far away from the other one. While searching for his new spot his head come up high a couple of times, possibly because he was eating but that could not be confirmed.

  6. 12/31/2019 10:00 AM
    • Sriracho was tucked out of the wind in a shallow area in the Salt River with one other manatee. The little spot he had found was encircled by mangroves and oyster beds. He could clearly be seen feeding on the vegetation that was submerged there. The tide was going out, so they had to quickly vacate the sheltered corner. They separated, and Sriracho began traveling quickly. He was trying to head south but kept running into oyster beds that blocked his path as the tide continued to recede. He finally found a route he could get through and continued on his way.

  7. 12/27/2019 09:30 AM
    • Sriracho was inspecting the mooring line of an anchored sailboat in Kings Bay. A small boat passed him at idle speed and he quickly moved away. He would start to become stationary then another manatee would make its presence known and Sririacho would dash over to it. He did this every time a different manatee would come over. It was possible to see some type of low growing vegetation covering the bottom, but not clear enough to identify it and none could be collected. The manatees would occasionally lift their heads high like they were feeding but there was no other indication that they were doing that. Sriracho did this as well, however no food was visible in his mouth or floating on the surface. He did have quite a bit of mud on his face, however. Several boats came by at slow speeds and Sriracho moved closer to shore and socialized with some manatees that were there. He was very active for the whole visual with respirations every 4-5 minutes.

  8. 12/24/2019 09:30 AM
    • Sriracho was milling in a protected area off Kings Bay. He was very active moving between different groups of manatees, with respirations four minutes apart. A small manatee was very interested in playing with the tag which seemed to bother Sririacho. Every time he would pull away, the little manatee pursued him, mouthing and pulling on the tag. They went back and forth like that for a while, then the tag grabber seemed to lose interest and swim off. Sriracho checked in with a few other manatees before joining a cavorting group. When that settled down, he moved off to the side to take a rest.


  9. 12/20/2019 12:00 PM
    • Sriracho was milling around with many other manatees, who were resting in Magnolia Springs. He found three who were socializing and joined in. They were chasing each other and rolling around in the water. Sriracho finally had enough and started bottom resting.

  10. 12/16/2019 02:00 PM
    • Sriracho was released into the spring at Crystal River.  He interacted briefly with Obsidian. He moved off by himself and explored the bottom of the spring. Once Slate was released all three explored the spring together. Though he swam close to snorkelers, he did not approach them. Gas was observed.

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