About Oneil

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 64245

Oneil was rescued as an orphan calf in Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida on July 7, 2015. He was 95 centimeters long and weighed 33 pounds at the time of his rescue. Oneil was transported to Sea World of Orlando for care. He was transferred to Bishop Museum of Science and Nature to continue his rehabilitation, then transferred back to Sea World of Orlando for prerelease conditioning. He was released on February 28, 2020, at Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County. He was 267 centimeters in length and weighed 715 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 09/15/2020 10:15 AM
    • Oneil was milling near the entrance to Blue Spring with a couple of other manatees nearby. He followed them out of the spring. He was stationary for a bit, then eventually traveled out to the river. He moved along the side in the vegetation, and later settled down to rest. Once he woke up, he began feeding on Alligator Weed and possibly some other vegetation, though he was too far in to tell which kind. He continued feeding for the remainder of the visual.

       

  2. 09/11/2020 09:15 AM
    • Oneil was milling near Blue Spring State Park when he first was spotted. He moved into the vegetation shortly after and began feeding on Alligator Weed. After feeding for about 20 minutes, he milled out of the vegetation and began traveling across the lagoon. He later milled into the vegetation and began feeding again, this time on pennywort. He later was stationary and began resting at the very end of the visual. GI was observed.

  3. 09/08/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was bottom resting for the entire visual in a patch of vegetation, near Blue Spring State Park. He would occasionally change positions but remained in the same area. GI was noted halfway through the visual.

  4. 09/05/2020 08:00 AM
    • Oneil was swimming toward the Blue Spring run, once in he milled around a bit. No one was in the water swimming yet. A mom, calf, and juvenile passed him heading up the run and they socialized for a while. Oneil followed them towards the boil, then turned and moved back alone to the swim area. By this time, people were swimming and he swam past everyone without stopping. He made his way out of the swim area and met up with another manatee. They moved toward the river together and eventually left the run.

  5. 08/31/2020 05:00 PM
    • Oneil was resting under some vegetation in an oxbow off the St. Johns River. He had a significant amount of fishing line and plant debris tangled around his tag. A good bit was able to be removed before he objected. The visual was abbreviated due to weather.

  6. 08/25/2020 08:45 AM
    • Oneil spent most of the morning at the entrance to Blue Spring run. A couple of manatees came in and he spent some time with them. He did not leave with them and continued swimming large circles in the run. More manatees came in later and he settled in with them while they fed on some vegetation. It did not appear that Oneil was feeding, he was just stationary. He followed a mom/calf pair for a short time, then left the run all together.  He traveled out to the river and settled under some vegetation where it appeared, he was resting.

  7. 08/24/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil spent most of the day at the entry to the Blue Spring Run. He paced and traveled in and out of the refuge area. He stopped to feed on some Pennewort briefly. He approached every manatee that came in or out of the spring run but did not spend very long with any of them. Later in the afternoon he traveled out of the run and downriver. Gas was observed.

  8. 08/19/2020 09:00 AM
    • Oneil was milling along the shore in the St. Johns River. He traveled along the river’s edge occasionally adjusting his path to approach any alligator or manatee that he saw. He entered the spring run and paced near the river entrance then moved back out into the river. He retraced his prior path, checked in with all the alligators then began traveling steadily south. He went about a half mile before abruptly making a u-turn and returning to the spring run. He started the travel/mill/pace pattern up and down the spring run. He did stop once and eat some vegetation briefly before resuming his movement. Another manatee came into the run and they moved into a vegetation patch together to rest. A large alligator objected to their location and Oneil swam quickly out to the river.

  9. 08/18/2020 09:00 AM
    • Oneil was traveling with a mom/calf pair in the Blue Spring run. Oneil broke off from the pair to address another manatee resting in the spring. Oneil would travel a little, pace, then mill around a small area before moving on. He continued this pattern up and down the run multiple times. Eventually he settled under some vegetation to rest. Gas was observed.

  10. 08/12/2020 10:00 AM
    • Oneil was in the Blue Spring entrance socializing with one other manatee. Shortly after, he traveled alone north in the river, staying close to the side. A gator suddenly lunged at his tag and chased him to the other side of the river. Oneil popped up a few minutes later back where he was, away from the gator. He started traveling again and a few kayakers passed him. He stopped and was stationary while I encouraged them to give him more space and educated them. He remained stationary for a while after they moved on, then continued traveling. He came across some people in his path who were swimming in the river and they kindly exited the water to give him space. He continued traveling north for the remainder of the visual.

  11. 08/10/2020 09:00 AM
    • Oneil was resting in the St. Johns River, for a lot of the visual. He had a little bit of GI once while resting. He eventually woke up and milled around the marina, disappearing under boats. He eventually reappeared a little further south down the river. He began traveling south and continued to do so for the remainder of the visual.

       

  12. 08/06/2020 09:00 AM
    • Oneil was milling around on the side of the St. Johns River while two other manatees were feeding nearby. He moved over to where the manatees were, greeted them, and picked at pennywort for a few minutes. He then milled away and began traveling south alone. He traveled along the side of the river for the remainder of the visual. He had some new, shallow prop marks on his left side.

  13. 08/04/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was first seen milling through a bunch of vegetation in Lake Dexter. He traveled along the bank after a short while then settled down and started bottom resting. He woke up and milled briefly, then rested again for the remainder of the visual. More fishing line was removed from his tag.

  14. 07/29/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil and a friend were socializing together in Lake Dexter, for the first half of the visual. They chased each other around, the other manatee often playing with Oneil's tag, and eventually moved into the vegetation together. They socialized a bit more, then both began to bottom rest about 20 feet apart. At one point, Oneil got spooked by what looked like a large freshwater turtle. He repositioned and went back to sleep for the remainder of the visual.

       

  15. 07/27/2020 08:15 AM
    • Oneil was traveling, then milling slowly through the vegetation in Lake Dexter, at the beginning of the visual. He stopped and began to feed on pennywort for about 10 minutes. He milled a bit more, then bottom rested. Halfway through the visual, he woke up and began feeding again, this time on water lettuce and duckweed. He fed for 15 minutes, then went back to sleep for the remainder of the visual.

  16. 07/24/2020 09:30 AM
    • Oneil was traveling in a creek off Lake Woodruff. He reached a dead end and was charged by a large alligator. Oneil moved away and paced in slow, wide circles briefly, then attempted to pass the alligator a couple more times but it was being very territorial. Oneil finally said see ya later and milled back out the creek a little before settling down near the bank.

  17. 07/20/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was traveling on the side of a creek off Lake Dexter,through vegetation. Once he made it to the beginning of Lake Woodruff, he disappeared under a large mat of vegetation. He reemerged later with another manatee and they socialized for a while. That manatee settled down to rest with two others and Oneil stayed with them for a bit but then eventually milled through the vegetation again solo. After milling his way out of the vegetation, he began traveling into Lake Woodruff and continued traveling for the remainder of the visual.

  18. 07/17/2020 11:15 AM
    • Oneil was under a large mat of vegetation in Lake Dexter and his activity couldn't be determined for the first 20 minutes of the visual. He emerged and began traveling, occasionally pacing for a minute, then traveling again. He crossed the channel and milled in the vegetation for a bit. Then, he crossed again and paced while slowly traveling south. At the end of the visual, he was traveling south and no longer pacing. Feces was observed.

  19. 07/13/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was feeding in a large vegetation mat, in the St. Johns River. He burrowed through the mass of plants pushing out the other side. He traveled across to the opposite side of the river and milled around the plants there. They did not hold his interest and he moved on down river and continued traveling.

  20. 07/09/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was milling around in some vegetation on The St Johns River. He checked out a couple boat docks then settled under one to rest. He was disturbed by the sudden departure of a manatee that was with him and milled around under some docks before settling back down to rest. Once his nap was complete, he headed down river and into a residential canal.

  21. 07/06/2020 12:00 PM
    • Oneil was traveling south along the side of the St. Johns River. He ducked under for a while and popped up with another manatee who he began to socialize with. He then began following this manatee back north. They traveled together for a while, then they both explored a little creek together, socialized a bit more, then continued traveling. Oneil was still following close behind at the end of the visual (cut a little short due to weather). 

  22. 07/02/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was traveling south in the St. Johns River, for a majority of the visual. He hugged the side of the river while traveling and only stopped to briefly investigate a few small creeks and some piping around one of the docks he passed. At the end of the visual, he was traveling again.

  23. 06/29/2020 12:45 PM
    • Oneil was first observed combing duckweed off the surface of the water, in Lake George. He finished eating after about 10 minutes and paced for a few minutes before traveling across the channel. He then explored a large sunken tree for a while. He milled around on the edge of the channel and later met up with two passing manatees, traveled with them for a short distance, then turned around and went back the way he came while they continued on. He paced again briefly, then milled near the sunken tree again for the remainder of the visual.

  24. 06/25/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was first seen traveling north in the St Johns River. He later went into the vegetation and milled around before resting. He rested for about an hour while a lot of boats passed creating huge wakes, occasionally disturbing his resting. He began to mill around in the vegetation, then took off traveling north again.

  25. 06/22/2020 01:00 PM
    • Oneil was socializing with a large manatee in vegetation off to one side of the St Johns River for the first half of the visual. They eventually parted ways and Oneil milled off south while the other manatee traveled north. He fed vigorously for about 15 minutes, then traveled south for the rest of the visual.  

  26. 06/18/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was first spotted in the St Johns River, traveling towards the mud lake, with another manatee. Once in the quiet lake, they socialized for a while, rolling around and chasing each other. A large pontoon passed by and they moved into the vegetation to avoid it. A third manatee joined them, and they all milled around under large patches of pennywort. Shortly after, Oneil and his friends disappeared deep into the vegetation, at which point, I lost visual. Once I made it to the other side of the huge span of vegetation in the boat, I found Oneil bottom resting amongst some spatterdock. He rested for the remainder of the visual.

  27. 06/15/2020 01:30 PM
    • Oneil was socializing with a manatee who was a little smaller than him, in the St. Johns River. Soon after, he moved over to a large manatee who was picking algae off a log. Oneil began to clean algae off the log also. He followed the large manatee over to a fallen tree and began eating leaves from the tree. He continued along the bank to a small patch of pennywort and ate it. Then, he went back to the log with the other manatees and ate more algae. After a bit, Oneil socialized again with the smaller manatee and they chased each other around. A few more manatees traveled by and Oneil interacted with them briefly. Eventually, his companions settled down and began to bottom rest. He then made his way towards the opposite side of the creek and eventually began to bottom rest as well for the remainder of the visual.

  28. 06/15/2020 01:30 PM
    • Oneil was socializing with a manatee who was a little smaller than him, in the St. Johns River. Soon after, he moved over to a large manatee who was picking algae off a log. Oneil began to clean algae off the log also. He followed the large manatee over to a fallen tree and began eating leaves from the tree. He continued along the bank to a small patch of pennywort and ate it. Then, he went back to the log with the other manatees and ate more algae. After a bit, Oneil socialized again with the smaller manatee and they chased each other around. A few more manatees traveled by and Oneil interacted with them briefly. Eventually, his companions settled down and began to bottom rest. He then made his way towards the opposite side of the creek and eventually began to bottom rest as well for the remainder of the visual.

  29. 06/11/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was traveling in the St.Johns River at the beginning of the visual. He later meandered around in the vegetation, going under mats of pennewort and spatterdock. At one point, a commotion happened involving him under the pennewort and he darted out from under the mat and continued traveling. He traveled down a little branch in the mud lake, then once he reached the end, he turned and went back the other way. He traveled for the remainder of the visual. He had a little bit of normal feces.

  30. 06/08/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was bottom resting in a quiet, calm creek off the St. Johns River, amongst pennewort. Nearby, a little further down the creek, two other manatees were resting. They traveled out of the area shortly after while Oneil remained sleeping. He later woke up and milled around and traveled down the creek, then back up. He then milled around slowly for the rest of the visual. A little bit of gas was observed while he was resting.

  31. 06/05/2020 12:15 PM
    • Oneil was resting in a side river off the St. Johns River. His tag had a significant amount of fishing line wrapped around the antennae and top. Most of it was able to be removed before he lost patience and left. He milled around the open area, chasing an alligator until it snapped at him. He swam away quickly and headed to a large vegetation patch burrowing deep into it. He could be seen moving underneath the plants and possibly feeding but that could not be confirmed. He emerged later and continued to mill along the shore.

  32. 06/01/2020 10:45 AM
    • Oneil was resting for the first part of the visual on the side of the St. Johns River in the vegetation. He later woke up and began traveling south. He made his way into a campground canal with docked boats where many people were coming and going in and out of the canal. The canal was shallow enough for his tag to be at the surface and very narrow so when boats would pass through (even though they were motoring very slowly), Oneil did not seem to know where to go. He just remained milling in the middle. Even when boats were very close to him, he still wouldn't move out of the way and thankfully the residents were very cautious. He finally left the canal and continued traveling south. He stopped and milled around alongside the river, occasionally diving deep.

  33. 05/28/2020 10:00 AM
    • Oneil was milling in a small river off the St. Johns River. He was exploring the edges of the vegetation. He took a couple bites of Pennewort, then moved on. After investigating several different spots, he stopped to rest briefly. It must not have been an ideal spot because he set off across the river to another place where. after checking it out thoroughly, he settled down for a long rest. Gas was observed during this time.

  34. 05/25/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was with another manatee near a patch of vegetation, in the St. Johns River,and they were both lifting their heads high, but it was hard to tell if they were feeding or interacting with each other. They moved away from the bank and were socializing in the deeper water. They traveled a little way together then separated. Oneil milled from one side of the river to another before traveling through an oxbow. When he reached the other end of the oxbow, he met another manatee and followed it briefly.

  35. 05/22/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was traveling on and off, in the St. Johns River, stopping to mill along shore periodically. He would often dive deep in the middle of the river, then surface closer to the vegetation on the side of the river and meander around. After a while of doing this, he made it a little way north and bottom rested among vegetation for the remainder of the visual.

  36. 05/20/2020 01:00 PM
    • Oneil was milling just outside an oxbow in the St. Johns River. He poked around the vegetation on one side of the river then crossed and poked around on the other side. No eating could be confirmed. He began traveling south and turned into the other end of the same oxbow. He moved about halfway into it before finding a perfect place to rest.

  37. 05/18/2020 09:15 AM
    • Oneil was milling under a bridge in the St. Johns River. He meandered around the bridge supports then down the bank. A couple of manatees passed by and he quickly fell in with them. They stopped at the mouth of an oxbow and began socializing with a third manatee. Two animals broke off from the group and traveled away. Oneil moved to the bank and explored a patch of vegetation but did not appear to eat any. A large manatee resting on the opposite side of the river made its presence known and Oneil went right over to it. They started swimming upriver, met another manatee and began socializing.

  38. 05/15/2020 12:15 PM
    • Oneil was milling around in the vegetation in the St. Francis Dead river going up along one side, then crossing and going back the way he came on the opposite side. He later traveled into the Saint John's River, began pacing slowly in wide circles in the deep part, then started diving and popping up further down river. After a few loud boats passed, he moved back to the side closer to the vegetation where he went back to milling around.

  39. 05/13/2020 12:00 PM
    • Oneil was first seen traveling into the St. Francis Dead River. He moved to a quiet area and milled in the vegetation and disappeared for a little bit. Shortly after, he reemerged and settled down and rested for the remainder of the visual.

  40. 05/11/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was resting on the side of the St. Johns River. Once rejuvenated, he burrowed into a large mat of vegetation and disappeared. The only clue to his position was the undulating movement of plants as he maneuvered underneath. Finally, his head could be seen breaking the surface and pulling down large clumps of Pennewort. He ate his way out then turned around and ate his way back in. After clearing a couple of paths, he moved out to the river and began traveling. Every few minutes he would make a wide circle, then continue on.

  41. 05/08/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was initially pacing and milling on and off, in the St. Johns River. He later settled down and began to bottom rest in the vegetation. He milled around shortly after and later met up with another manatee. They socialized for a bit, then Oneil traveled back to his original resting spot and went back to sleep. 

  42. 05/07/2020 03:00 PM
    • Oneil was pacing on and off and stopped to mill around and travel a bit, in the St. Johns River. He later was stationary, then went back to milling around. Towards the end of the visual, he was traveling.

  43. 05/06/2020 09:45 AM
    • Oneil was resting in a boat slip, in a lake off the St. Johns River. He started to stir and seemed like he might be heading out of the small canal, but a mom/calf pair came in and he met up with them. They socialized for a bit then the pair moved to leave the canal and Oneil escorted them breaking off when another manatee entered. He exchanged greetings with the newcomer, and they continued to interact for the duration of the observation.

  44. 05/04/2020 11:45 AM
    • Oneil was actively socializing with another manatee, in the St. Johns River, for a majority of the visual. They were chasing each other, bumping noses, and the other manatee was grabbing his tag. They later settled down and rested towards the end of the visual. Oneil stayed near the other manatee about 15 feet away when resting. He took breaths every 12 minutes.

  45. 05/01/2020 09:45 AM
    • Oneil was first traveling for a while along the side of the St. Johns River in the vegetation. He found a quiet sheltered spot and settled in among the spatterdock and bottom rested. He woke up and milled a little while later, then went back to sleep. He had gas and later, feces.

  46. 04/27/2020 02:00 PM
    • Oneil was resting for the first hour of the visual, taking breaths every 11 to 13 minutes. He later woke up and milled around slowly, meandering along the bank. He began traveling towards the St. John's River and continued to do so for the remainder of the visual. Feces were observed.

  47. 04/27/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was traveling in a deep bend on the St. Johns River. He would stop, move briefly under mats of vegetation then pop out and continue traveling. He continued to do this, at one point retracing his path the opposite way. He stopped for a longer time at a patch of Pennewort near the bank and nibbled on it. He then started milling slowly along the bank. He moved under a fallen tree and could be seen reaching for some vines that were just touching the water. He lost interest in those and bottom rested at that spot for the duration of the observation.

  48. 04/25/2020 12:30 PM
    • Oneil was resting under some vegetation in a bend off the St Johns River. After 20 minutes he moved out and began pacing in slow wide arcs that encompassed the width of the creek. He would travel along the creek, stop, and make several wide sweeps of the area, shift down the creek, and begin again. 

  49. 04/22/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was alternating between traveling and milling in the St. Johns River. He would travel a little way, then slow down and go over to the side of the creek, then travel further. He later paced briefly, only doing about 6 wide circles before traveling again. He traveled back the way he originally came from, milled for a bit, then was stationary for 20 minutes. He moved to the side of the creek and ate some bunches of Pennywort. He then met up with another manatee and they socialized. He started following the manatee and traveled for the remainder of the visual.

  50. 04/20/2020 09:15 AM
    • Oneil was traveling in a creek off the St Johns River. He reached a bend in the creek and reversed direction going to a different bend in the creek and reversing direction again. He did this a few more times until another manatee emerged from a large mat of vegetation. Oneil immediately went over to it and they started socializing. They moved together to another vegetation patch where the other manatee started eating. Oneil continued to try to socialize. When the manatee left, Oneil followed. They both moved under a large mat of plants and it was not possible to confirm what they were doing, but there did not seem to be a lot of movement. Due to inclement weather the observation was cut short.

  51. 04/17/2020 12:00 PM
    • Oneil was first seen pacing in slow wide circles in the St. Johns River. When another manatee came into the area 20 minutes later, they socialized briefly, then Oneil took off following. After traveling for a short while, Oneil went back to pacing while the other manatee quickly continued traveling away. He later began to travel, then pace again on and off. At the end of the visual, he milled into the vegetation but soon after, paced again back in the open.

  52. 04/15/2020 10:15 AM
    • Oneil emerged from a mat of vegetation in a lake off the St. Johns River. He was with another manatee and the two interacted calmly with one another. He took a rest that was shortened by the arrival of a few more manatees. After initial greetings, the whole group escalated into a cavorting party. Oneil was an eager and enthusiastic participant and the activity continued for the duration of the observation

  53. 04/13/2020 12:30 PM
    • Oneil was socializing with one other manatee in the St Johns River for most of the visual. They were chasing each other and rolling around together cavorting a bit. The other manatee was frequently playing with Oneil's tag and tether. Several times, the other manatee started traveling and Oneil took off traveling close behind. They would stop and continue socializing. At the end of the visual, Oneil was stationary.

  54. 04/11/2020 10:30 PM
    • Oneil was resting at the edge of a large patch of vegetation in the St. Johns River. He moved into a mat of Pennewort and began picking at the plants. He moved back out of the plants and headed over to an area where another manatee had been eating. Almost as soon as he reached the other animal, he moved quickly away and began pacing linearly back and forth between the plants and the other manatee. He would do a slow barrel roll on each pass and it was possible to see that his belly was unchanged from last week, flat but no folds. He had no new marks and otherwise looked good. After about twenty minutes he stopped pacing and moved back to the Pennewort plants and began resting.

  55. 04/09/2020 02:00 PM
    • Oneil was found once he emerged from under a mat of vegetation, in the St. Johns River, where his tag had been submerged and his activity had been unknown. He took off traveling quickly upriver. Once he made it a good way away, he slowed his traveling and started pacing on and off back in the direction he just came from. He would travel, circle a handful of times, then travel again. He settled down after pacing on and off for about 45 minutes and began picking at pennywort. He moved further into the vegetation and was stationary for the remainder of the visual. 

  56. 04/07/2020 09:30 AM
    • Oneil was socializing with a mom calf pair in the St. Johns River before barreling into a mass of vegetation. Oneil, the pair, and a third manatee could be seen in a cleared-out spot, voraciously feeding. Suddenly there was a huge commotion with manatees, water, and plants all erupting into the air. All the manatees scattered and Oneil was found a few minutes later upstream. He was alone and resting by the bank. His tag, which had looked fine earlier, now had severe damage. The cause was presumably an alligator that had also presumably caused the ruckus. His tag was changed out for a new one.

  57. 04/05/2020 10:45 AM
    • Oneil was deep in a vegetation patch, in a tributary, off the St. Johns River. He was able to be seen by following the grasses being pulled down. Close by was a mom and calf feeding on different plants. Mom, calf and another manatee left the patch and Oneil was right behind them. They moved across the river and burrowed into another patch of vegetation, because apparently the grass on the edge is not as tasty. There was a lot of movement in the vegetation, but it could not be confirmed if they were feeding or who it was. Another manatee came to the edge of the patch and everyone came out and followed it to a different patch. Oneil stayed on the outside and rested for the remainder of the visual.

  58. 04/02/2020 09:30 AM
    • Oneil was milling near shore in the St. Johns River. Another manatee came over and the two began interacting. While they got to know each other a tag exchange was completed and Oneil was given a body assessment. His belly was flat but had no folds. He found a patch pf Pennewort and nibbled on it until his companion enticed him out to the middle where they met a third manatee and cavorting ensued. After so much activity, everyone finally settled down to rest.

  59. 04/01/2020 12:15 PM
    • Oneil was resting in vegetation, in the St Johns River. He started moving through the plants finally settling in a spot. He pulled some leaves down and appeared to eat them. He did this for a while before taking another rest.

  60. 03/30/2020 02:15 PM
    • Oneil was milling off to the side of the St. Johns River with another manatee. They started traveling down river together, staying along the side. They stopped to socialize with one another, then started milling around. Oneil's companion began feeding while he was stationary. Shortly after, they moved further down river together and socialized more. Oneil began feeding on pennywort. After about 12 minutes of feeding, the other manatee began playing with Oneil's tag. Oneil stopped feeding and started socializing with the manatee again and continued to do so for the rest of the visual. 

  61. 03/28/2020 09:15 AM
    • Oneil was resting in the St. Johns River, in a patch of Spatterdock. His respirations were 9 minutes apart. He moved closer to shore and milled very slowly along the bank. He spent a little time at some deadfall in the water and appeared to be mouthing the submerged branches. 

  62. 03/25/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was resting in a patch of vegetation in the St Johns River. He occasionally picked at Pennywort. He later milled through the floating vegetation and got his tag a little stuck in some Spatterdock. He began pacing quickly, wrapping his tether around the vegetation more. Once free, he continued to pace. He slowed down and was stationary on and off but would go back to pacing.

  63. 03/23/2020 09:45 AM
    • Oneil was resting in the vegetation on the side of the channel in the St. Johns River for the beginning part of the visual. He later traveled upriver and made his way to the spring. Once in the spring, he milled around a little bit, then started pacing. He went back to milling for a while, then stationary, and later pacing again.

  64. 03/20/2020 11:45 AM
    • O'neil was stationary at the surface among the vegetation far off to the side of the channel. He would occasionally pick at Pennywort after taking a breath. He took breaths every 3-5 minutes, later increasing to 8 minutes. He milled around a little bit but mostly stayed in the same area for the entire visual. 

  65. 03/18/2020 10:30 AM
    • Oneil was milling in the Blue spring run by himself. No pacing was observed. He moved to the bank and rested briefly. He then started working his way down stream, eating the algae and leaves along the bank. At one point he stuck his head under a palm tree root ball, his activity under there kicking up large amounts of sand. After mouthing his way down 200ft of shoreline he moved to the opposite bank and rested for the duration of the observation.

  66. 03/16/2020 08:30 AM
    • Oneil was resting just off the main part of the St. John River. He did not pace at any point during the observation. He slowly moved around the area with another manatee that had joined him, before they both went back to resting. His respirations were between 3-4 minutes apart.

       

  67. 03/13/2020 09:00 AM
    • Oneil was pacing in a quiet spot in the St. Johns River. There were no other manatees in the area. He would stop for brief amounts of time ranging from 5-20 minutes. Towards the end of the observation he stopped circular pacing and began milling quickly around a small area. A couple of times he pulled a hyacinth plant down but would let it go without eating it

  68. 03/10/2020 01:00 PM
    • O'Neil was successfully captured and relocated yesterday to Blue Spring. There were still plenty of animals in the spring at the time of his release. It was 19C where he was rescued in Lake Dexter, and 20C just outside of the spring run. He had very superficial boat strike wounds and had lost some weight but was still in good body condition.  When he was released, he paced for a little bit but then socialized and settled down to rest with a group of manatees. He has remained in the spring as of now. Thank you to FWC, SeaWorld, STMC, and BSSP for the help with his relocation!

  69. 03/09/2020 09:00 AM
    • O'Neil was pacing in the small lagoon near Lake Dexter for a majority of the visual. He would sometimes travel a way, then continue pacing. He was stationary a few times briefly.

       

  70. 03/05/2020 10:15 AM
    • Oneil was pacing for the first 20 minutes of the visual. Some manatees passed him, and he socialized and followed them around. They stopped to feed and Oneil was stationary near them. A few in the group socialized with each other and Oneil moved over and joined in. They later traveled away, and he milled in the floating vegetation. He went back to pacing shortly after for the remaining 40 minutes of the visual.

  71. 03/03/2020 11:00 AM
    • Oneil was pacing to the side of the St. Johns River close to the vegetation. After about an hour, he was stationary for 15 minutes, then began pacing again. At one point, he approached the boat while anchored and sat behind it at the surface for a few minutes, then went back to pacing.

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