About Carmen

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 110754

Carmen was rescued with her injured mother who did not survive, in Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida on February 8, 2018. She was 165 centimeters long and weighed 148 Pounds at the time of her rescue. Carmen was taken to Sea World of Orlando for care. She was transferred to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to continue her rehabilitation, then transferred back to Sea World of Orlando for prerelease conditioning. She was released on February 27, 2020, at Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County. She was 234 centimeters and weighed 690 pounds. She will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 03/14/2020 10:30 AM
    • Carmen was resting near a cluster of keys at the beginning edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Some rambunctious dolphins disturbed her, and she moved to a new spot to rest some more. Shortly after she moved to a new spot and began feeding on submerged vegetation. She continued to feed for the duration of the observation

  2. 03/11/2020 08:45 AM
    • Carmen was traveling in the Salt River, with another large manatee. Twice they stopped or changed direction due to boats passing, then continued traveling in the direction of Crystal River. They stopped in an area where other manatees were clearly feeding. Carmen stayed with the group but did not show any signs to confirm any feeding. Respirations every 3 minutes while traveling.

  3. 03/06/2020 10:00 AM
    • Carmen was in a parade of manatees making their way from the Salt River into Crystal River. She kept a steady pace along the entire route. Near the start of Kings Bay, she moved into a small residential cove

  4. 03/04/2020 02:30 PM
    • Carmen was milling near a culvert going under the road in a cove off the Salt River. It seemed like she might go through it a couple of times, but she would turn away at the last minute. There is a freshwater spring on the other side of the culvert where manatees are known to gather. She traveled away from the culvert moving into the mangroves. Once out of the open water and wind, she began to rest. When she was done, she moved into the main channel and slowly meandered out of the cove. 

  5. 02/27/2020 12:00 PM
    • After being released into Three Sisters Spring, Carmen headed out into the canal. She reached the buoy line and came back into the spring and paced briefly before heading back out into the canal. This time she made it out and around to the next spring where about 100 manatees were gathered. She worked her way into the mix, wedging herself between two larger animals, where she rested calmly. Manatees were consistently moving into the spring, causing everyone to shuffle positions. Carmen would move around until she could find two more manatees to get between then she would rest again.


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