About Matthew

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 177772

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. 08/11/2020 09:00 AM
    • Matthew was eating with some other manatees in the Indian River. He began traveling, slowing down at one point to allow for a scheduled tag exchange and body assessment.  His body condition was good, and he quickly resumed his travels.

  2. 06/29/2020 04:30 PM
    • Matthew was socializing with a group of manatees near the freshwater output at OUC. He later bottom rested but would socialize almost every time he surfaced, mill a little, then continue resting again. 

  3. 05/20/2020 09:45 AM
    • Matthew was resting in the deep part of the OUC canal right near the freshwater output. Many manatees were around him, also resting. He later woke up and socialized with a group of mostly younger manatees. The group traveled down the canal, socializing the whole way, and he joined in. They stopped at a feeding area just outside the canal and Matthew began feeding with them. He socialized again with an adult manatee who started bumping his tag briefly, then continued feeding for the rest of the visual.

  4. 05/12/2020 11:45 AM
    • Matthew was stationary in the center of the OUC canal at first with 6 minutes between breaths. He began socializing with another manatee, bumping noses, and chasing each other around. He milled around after and settled down in a different spot and began bottom resting. He later milled at the end of the visual.

  5. 04/14/2020 10:00 PM
    • Matthew was milling down a canal in Port St. John, when first spotted. He stopped milling and socialized with a manatee who just swam into the canal. He was later stationary and would socialize with anyone who swam by. He moved over to the freshwater input and socialized with a few manatees. Later, he moved to the side of the canal under some mangroves and bottom rested for the remainder of the visual. 

  6. 04/03/2020 09:45 AM
    • Matthew was traveling for the whole visual and seemed to be exploring the new part of the Indian River he hasn't been to since his release. He passed by the area Chickita was in on his way south.  He continued traveling, stopping at times, then moving on.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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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