About Carmen

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 177773

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. 09/11/2020 09:00 AM
    • Carmen was milling near the mouth of the Steinhatchee River. She had a few cobias shadowing her and it seemed like she was trying to ditch them. She settled in a spot and started feeding, moving every now and then to a new spot to continue feeding. She took a bit of a rest, then abruptly started traveling toward a small shoal where she met another manatee and began socializing.

  2. 07/29/2020 08:30 AM
    • Carmen was near the bank in Crystal River. She casually made her way down the bank, stopping briefly to acknowledge Obsidian’s presence. She continued past him, eating submerged vegetation as she went. A tag exchange and body condition assessment were completed. She appeared in good condition with a rounded belly. 

  3. 07/28/2020 09:00 AM
    • Carmen was feeding in a cove off Crystal River. She moved into the center of the cove and took a good long rest. Once refreshed she milled around the cove with several other manatees, stopping every so often to feed on vegetation that was collecting on the surface. After cleaning up the canal of errant food she moved back to the center for another rest. She was roused by a new group of manatees coming in. They began socializing which allowed for a VHF tag to be clipped on and the remnants of the sunk tag removed. 

  4. 07/27/2020 09:00 AM
    • Carmen’s tag stopped transmitting in Crystal River over the weekend but was located today by the sonic in her belt. She was very active, checking out a large cove before bottom resting. Afterwards, she traveled to the opposite side and could be seen feeding off the surface. She traveled downriver for a while before reversing and heading back to the cove.   

  5. 05/17/2020 07:15 AM
    • Carmen was milling just outside the boat channel in Crystal River. She met a passing mom and calf pair and socialized with them briefly, before settling to rest in deeper water. As she became active again, she slowly traveled along the bank before bolting across the river and into a residential canal. She found a quiet spot to resume her resting and received a tag exchange. Two other manatees moved into the canal with her and they all began socializing.

  6. 05/16/2020 03:15 PM
    • Carmen was feeding in shallow water near shore, in the Crystal River. She stayed to the side of the channel, which was constantly busy with boats passing. She milled around a few times but would otherwise be feeding.

  7. 04/06/2020 09:00 AM
    • Carmen was traveling into a cove off Crystal River when she intersected with Obsidian and the two traveled together to the back of the cove. They socialized together for a while then rested. Carmen milled around briefly by herself then made her way back to Obsidian socializing with him for a bit before they both found something to eat. Once Carmen had her fill, she traveled away out of the cove then slowly milled her way back in.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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. 

  12. 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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