About Slate

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 110741

Slate was rescued as an orphan calf in Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida on February 15,2018. He was 164 centimeters long and 163 pounds at the time of his rescue. Slate was transported to Sea World of Florida for care. He was transferred to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, then to ZooTampa. He was released on December 16, 2019, at Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County. He was 224 centimeters long and weighed 575 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research.

  1. 01/21/2020 08:45 AM
    • Slate was with several other manatees in a small spring in Kings Bay. There was lots of activity as the all interacted with each other sometimes to the point of cavorting. Occasionally Slate would move off like he was going to rest then a new manatee would move in and the activities began again.

  2. 01/15/2020 11:45 AM
    • Slate was traveling into a cove off Kings Bay. He abruptly about faced when another manatee went by and started following it back out to the main part of the bay. A couple of tour boats passed them, and Slate moved quickly into the refuge boundary. Gas was observed. He moved over to a group of manatees feeding and joined in for the duration of the observation.

  3. 01/14/2020 09:30 AM
    • Slate was milling near a seawall in Kings Bay. He met up with some other manatees and started socializing which then turned to cavorting. A boat came by and the group dispersed. Slate moved closer to shore eventually meeting back up with the cavorting group, picking up where they left off. Eventually the other manatees settled down to rest while Slate moved across the Bay. He reached an island inside the refuge boundary and milled around for the remainder of the visual.

  4. 01/09/2020 01:45 PM
    • Slate was milling near a sea wall in Kings Bay. He began to travel into a cove off the main part of the bay. He found a group of other manatees already in the cove. They socialized briefly, then Slate moved a little bit away from them. He was active under the water and bits of different vegetation were floating up to the surface indicating he was feeding.

  5. 01/06/2020 01:30 PM
    • Slate was resting in a spring area of Kings Bay. A couple of manatees moved to the spot he was in and they started socializing. Several times a tour boat would come near them and he would change his location slightly, not leaving the vicinity but reacting to the boats. He continued to meander around and occasionally socializing with other manatees. He avoided boats, kayaks and snorkelers eventually moving into a section that was restricted and bottom rested for the rest of the observation.

  6. 01/01/2020 09:30 AM
    • Slate was in a small cove off a canal just south of Three Sisters Springs. There were many manatees gathered here and most were surface resting in a very sunny spot. About 5 or 6 were socializing including Slate. This continued for the entire observation.

  7. 12/30/2019 09:15 AM
    • Slate was milling in a canal off Kings Bay. A tour boat passed by him and he started traveling at a pretty steady pace. He was making his way into the refuge boundary but was intercepted by 6 kayaks who were concerned about the tag. He immediately reversed his course and went in a different direction. The kayakers were educated on the tag and its purpose and the best way to not affect a manatee’s natural behavior. By this time Slate was in another part of the refuge boundary with another manatee. Both were moving slowly in a small, shallow area with their heads coming up high. The water was very choppy here so hard to confirm if they were feeding. Respirations were every 6-7 minutes

  8. 12/26/2019 02:00 PM
    • Slate was resting in a sheltered area, on the south side of Kings Bay with respirations 8 minutes apart. He started moving slowly and systematically along the bottom. It is possible he was feeding on submerged vegetation as some bits of Coontail were floating nearby. He picked up speed crossing to the other side of the cove. 

  9. 12/24/2019 12:15 PM
    • Slate was milling around in a residential cove off Kings Bay. He explored the perimeter of the entire cove, then moved into the center to rest. A mom/calf pair entered, and Slate moved right over to them and followed them down a small canal. The mom/calf went under a floating dock and Slate came back out to the open area. He made another sweep of the perimeter before going back to his original spot to rest. His respirations were between 4-5 minutes apart and gas was observed. He also had a new white mark on his left shoulder. It looked more like a scrape than a boat strike.

  10. 12/20/2019 09:00 AM
    • Slate was in a small cove in Kings Bay with many other manatees. He milled just outside the main group who were cavorting. Several broke off and made their way to a large mat of Tape Grass floating on the surface. Slate moved to the same place. Manatees were feeding, socializing and the cavorters joined in also. It appeared that Slate could be eating but there was so much activity it was hard to know which head went to which body. If he was not eating, he was in a good place with good company to start.

  11. 12/16/2019 02:00 AM
    • Slate was released into the spring at Crystal River.  He met up with Sriracho and Obsidian and the three explored the spring. Though he would occasionally swim close to snorkelers he did not approach them.

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