About Matthew

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 110750

Matthew was rescued as an orphan calf in New Smyrna, Volusia County, Florida on October 9, 2016. He was 125 centimeters long and weighed 55 pounds at the time of his rescue. Matthew was transported to Sea World of Orlando for care. He was transferred to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to continue his rehabilitation, then transferred back to Sea World of Orlando for prerelease conditioning. He was released on March 2, 2020, at CCEC in Brevard County. He was 255 centimeters long and weighed 825 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 03/27/2020 04:15 PM
    • Matthew was resting under an overhanging tree at the side of the OUC canal. He later woke up and milled around, socializing with other manatees. He moved over to the fresh water and drank. He followed a larger manatee around and they socialized for the rest of the visual.

  2. 03/20/2020 08:30 AM
    • Matthew was milling near the outflow at the power plant with a few other manatees. He reacted to a boat that entered the area by traveling quickly away. He socialized with one other manatee, then began bottom resting side by side with the same one. He milled occasionally, then went back to resting. He took breaths every 3-5 minutes when active and 8-10 when resting.

  3. 03/12/2020 01:45 PM
    • Matthew was socializing with other manatees near the outflow for a majority of the visual. At times, he milled around by himself but would later go back to socializing with the group. 

  4. 03/04/2020 12:30 PM
    • Matthew was stationary when he was first spotted in the Indian River. He traveled for a little bit after a jet-ski passed in the distance and spooked him. He stopped and milled in about 3 feet of water on and off, traveling occasionally. He was stationary again when the same jet-ski passed (still off in the distance) and he began traveling away from it again. He went back to milling for the remainder of the visual. He took breaths every 3-4 minutes.

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