About Matthew

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

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. 08/31/2021 11:30 AM
    •  Matthew was spotted by FWC in the OUC canal during photo ID.  He was with a large adult and a small juvenile in the south side of the canal, slowly milling around.  Matthew shortly after began following the large manatee into the middle of the canal where it was very deep. He popped up in different locations each time, then was later spotted on the opposite side of the canal with the large manatee. He split off from that manatee and began traveling out of the canal until he was no longer heard via sonic. Retagging efforts were unsuccessful but efforts will be ongoing to get him back on line

  2. 04/13/2021 03:00 PM
    • Matthew was spotted north of CCEC near shore. I came close to retagging him several times but was not successful. He actively avoided me and could hear me coming from far away with the choppy conditions. I plan to scout the area for him tomorrow as well and hopefully get another attempt. Thanks to FWC for the report and spotting help!

  3. 01/05/2021 04:00 PM
    • Matthew's tag was located today at Kennedy Point Marina (unfortunately a popular spot for lost tags). It was wedged between slats of the outer wall and submerged underwater. It broke at the weak point on the tether, so he still has his belt.  His sonic has not been herd yet at CCEC but animals have been piled on top of one another which could be blocking the signal. We plan to continue to listen for his sonic there, and if possible, attempt a retag. 

  4. 01/02/2021 03:00 PM
    • Matthew's tag has not updated since yesterday morning. He had been traveling north on 12/31 and the last GPS update was between the OUC canal and the NASA causeway. A search for him today was unsuccessful.  We will continue the search and hopefully relocate him.

  5. 12/30/2020 10:00 AM
    • Matthew was in front of the north outflow at CCEC. He later moved over to the side and continued resting at the bottom of a pile of manatees. A body condition assessment was done on him and he reacted by moving away towards the outflow into deeper water. He then moved back close to where he had been and settled down again. He had a flat lower ventrum and a loose belt. 

  6. 12/28/2020 09:30 AM
    • Matthew was resting among many manatees at CCEC. I was able to confirm that he took breaths every 10 and 11 minutes, but with all the heads popping up nearby and chop, I didn't get more than a few intervals recorded. He began traveling east of the plant and stopped a little way out, then made his way back slowly. He milled in the mass of other manatees, then was stationary again. 

  7. 12/23/2020 10:30 AM
    • Matthew was resting to the east of the south discharge at CCEC in the midst of a large number of other manatees. Due to manatees playing with his tag and pulling it under regularly, distance, and number of animals right in his vicinity, it was difficult to get a good respiration rate on him. He later traveled a little closer to the outflow and milled around, then was stationary again.

  8. 12/21/2020 10:30 AM
    • Matthew was stationary not far from land east of the south outflow at CCEC. He moved around in response to an attempt to capture him for a health assessment. He traveled away at the end of the visual toward the south discharge.

  9. 12/17/2020 11:00 AM
    • Matthew was resting to the south of the south outflow at CCEC, during most of the visual in choppy water. A few times, he milled and traveled once briefly to a deeper spot where he could almost submerge his tag fully, but otherwise remained resting with many other manatees nearby. I was able to see his face well through binoculars and didn't see any signs of cold stress. His nose and face were gray. He took breaths every 9-10 minutes while resting. Today, there were more manatees stationed between the south outflow and the shoreline than there had been earlier in the week. He spent some time just south of OUC last night.


  10. 12/15/2020 09:00 AM
    • Matthew was resting to the north side of the south outflow at CCEC, not far from the wall. He later moved out from the wall and closer to the outflow. During an in-water assessment, he began slowly moving away, then after a few minutes, reacted by pulling away. He milled briefly after that, then went back to his original spot and began resting again. His breaths were 11 minutes apart. Based on feel, he had a body score of 2+ with a mild concavity in his ventrum.  He did not have longitudinal folds. His belt was loose. 


  11. 12/14/2020 11:00 AM
    • Matthew was milling at CCEC, eventually ending up closer to the south outflow. He settled down amongst a group of manatees and began bottom resting. He took breaths every 11-12 minutes. He moved once when a manatee started yanking his tag underwater repeatedly and settled down again.


  12. 12/10/2020 10:00 AM
    • Matthew was milling towards the outflow at CCEC, then would get pushed back and swim towards it again. A few other manatees were doing the same thing. He socialized with one and they dove down together. Later, he began to bottom rest to the side of the outflow, still in deep water. 

  13. 12/01/2020 11:30 AM
    • Matthew was with a few other manatees socializing at the CCEC outflow. They were all trying to swim against the current, towards the outflow, then diving and circling back. Matthew followed another manatee about his size around most of the time .He later milled just out of the current, and then began bottom resting for the remainder of the visual .His tail did appear to have some haloing. His back and face were gray with no discoloration

  14. 11/05/2020 11:15 AM
    • Matthew was first seen traveling towards the CCEC outflow in choppy conditions. He socialized with a few manatees in front of the outflow and then began milling around. He found another group of manatees and joined in socializing with them. They moved over to the outflow together and dove under, surfacing every so often and bumping noses. He later moved over where most of the manatees were resting and began to bottom rest. He rested for about half an hour, then began milling again for the remainder of the visual.

  15. 10/15/2020 11:15 AM
    • Matthew was first seen traveling into the OUC canal, following behind an adult manatee and a juvenile manatee. Once at the west end of the canal, he moved over to the side with his companions and began socializing in shallow water with them. This continued for a while, then he moved towards the middle of the canal and began bottom resting in deep water. Boat activity for a nearby manatee rescue caused him to relocate to a different spot, where he resumed resting side by side with a few other manatees.


  16. 10/01/2020 02:30 PM
    • Matthew was resting at the powerplant right next to another manatee with several others nearby. He woke up and milled around, then headed over to the south discharge with another manatee. Once there, they began diving down in front of the discharge and resurfacing, socializing each time. This continued for the remainder of the visual.

  17. 09/28/2020 02:30 PM
    • Matthew was resting next to another manatee on one side of the outflow in CCEC at the beginning of the visual. He later woke up and traveled past the outflow, then back again. He and the other manatee socialized a bit, then began diving down by the outflow and resurfacing with bits of green vegetation in their mouths. This continued for the remainder of the visual.


  18. 09/22/2020 03:30 PM
    • Matthew was resting in deep, choppy water near the CCEC powerplant. He milled when another manatee came up to him briefly, moved to different spot, then continued resting. A lot of Halodule was observed being pushed up towards shore by the waves. 


  19. 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.

  20. 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. 

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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. 

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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. 

  28. 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.

Data map is currently not present for Matthew.