About Sriracho

Gender: Male
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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. 01/02/2021 07:54 PM
    • Sriracho's carcass was recovered in the Homosassa River near the park. Inital cause of death appeared to be natural related to a tumor. Otherwise his body condition was good and he made it back to his warm water site. While we are saddened by his loss, we are hopeful that further study of his condition will provide more information that will further our knowledge of this species.

  2. 02/24/2020 11:00 AM
    • Sriracho was resting in a creek off the Salt River.  A boat went by and he traveled a short distance before settling down again. He seemed to be wallowing a little into the mud before he got back to resting. Gas was observed. Due to his successful navigation to and from warm water sites, consistent feeding and good body condition Sriracho is considered a success and his gear remove. His mother, Heinz would be very proud.

  3. 02/12/2020 08:45 AM
    • Sriracho was traveling in the Homosassa River. He moved out of the main part of the river and began feeding with another manatee. After a couple of boats sped by, he started traveling to a more out of the way place and bottom rested. With his energy restored, he continued traveling down the river

  4. 02/05/2020 10:30 AM
    • Sriracho was milling by himself in the Homosassa River. He started traveling down river. The further he went the more vegetation could be seen on the bottom. He slowed and seemed like he was going to rest in a spot out of the wind. Another manatee passed him, and he quickly turned to pursue it. They zig-zagged across the river several times before they parted ways. Sriracho continued to make his way down river stopping on and off for brief moments. Wherever he stopped, large clumps of vegetation would float up from where he was, making it clear he was eating his way down the river.

  5. 02/03/2020 09:45 AM
    • Sriracho was socializing with a group of manatees in the Homosassa River. A few boats moved into the area and he moved under a dock to avoid them. He milled around the dock for a bit then began traveling in earnest down river. He continued traveling for the remainder of the observation.

  6. 01/30/2020 12:00 PM
    • Sriracho was milling in the Homosassa River, he moved into the center and began resting in the current. He would drift downriver with the current then swim back to where he started.  Whenever any boats came by, he would move to the side of the river, then come back to the center when they had passed. He seemed to be rooting on the bottom, but there was no significant vegetation visible and only mud coming up around him. He started traveling back upriver, stopping occasionally to interact with passing manatees

  7. 01/28/2020 09:45 AM
    • Sriracho was milling between boats outside of Homosassa Springs State Park. A few more boats pulled in and he moved away from them and began bottom resting near a small spring. As the day warmed, many of the manatees became active and tried to engage him. Sriracho kept adjusting his position to continue his repose. Once satisfactorily rested he milled out towards the river where he then picked up speed and traveled out of sight.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 

  11. 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. 

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

Data map is currently not present for Sriracho.