About Brownee

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 37043

Brownee was rescued as an orphan calf with watercraft injuries in Port Everglades, Broward county, Florida on January 26, 2018. He was 174 centimeters long and weighed 201 pounds at the time of his rescue. Brownee was transported to Miami Seaquarium for care. He was released on January 23, 2020, at PEEC in Broward County. He was 240 centimeters long and weighed 642 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 02/17/2020 01:45 PM
    • Brownee was resting in deep water near a harbor seawall in Miami,for the first part of the visual. Once he was awake, he milled a bit then took off traveling, crossing the channel. He stopped in a shallow area and met up with a group of feeding manatees. He socialized with one, then began feeding also. He fed for the rest of the visual.His tag had a chunk missing caused by a boat strike. No wounds were seen on him but to make sure I will plan an in-water assessment on a less choppy day.

  2. 02/11/2020 12:30 PM
    • Brownee was socializing with another large manatee just outside a channel in Biscayne Bay. A few boats came close to them and they ducked under and traveled away. They continued socializing, then traveled across the channel to a shallow area and began feeding. Brownee fed for the rest of the visual with several other manatees also feeding nearby. 

  3. 02/07/2020 12:30 PM
    • Brownee was resting near a seawall in Biscayne Bay. He took breaths every 12-13 minutes. He woke up and began traveling and milling around. He found his way to an area with more vegetation and began feeding. He fed for the rest of the visual.

  4. 01/31/2020 11:15 AM
    • Brownee was first milling near a residential neighborhood on Biscayne Bay. Soon after he was spotted, he began traveling. He seemed to be investigating the surrounding area. He was moving along different shorelines and back-tracking, then would move to a different area and continue exploring. On two occasions, he passed other manatees, stopped briefly, then continued on. At the end of the visual, he was traveling into a residential canal. 

  5. 01/29/2020 11:00 AM
    • Brownee was milling near some boats in a little cove in the Stranahan River, at first. He moved across the river and over to a metal dock at a nature center where he continued milling around. I was able to provide information to visitors and park staff about tagged manatees. He began traveling with another manatee very quickly south for the rest of the visual. He stayed to the side of the channel, following a 'lane' that all the manatees seemed to be traveling in, out of the way of passing boats. His tag hardly every surfaced while he traveled. 


  6. 01/23/2020 10:45 AM
    • Just after his release at Port Everglades, Brownee was milling around right near the boat ramp, exploring his surroundings. He milled around the boats and docks for a little bit, then moved over to a group of manatees resting near the nursery. He reacted to a boat coming down the canal by quickly moving away, then ducking under for a while. He went back to socializing for the remainder of the visual. 

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