About Oneil

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 110739

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. 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. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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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