About Daphne

Gender: Female
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Daphne was rescued with her injured mother who did not survive, in North Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida on April 9, 2018. She was 183 centimeters long and weighed 269 pounds at the time of her rescue. Daphne was taken to Sea World of Orlando for care. She was transferred to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to continue her rehabilitation, then transferred back to Sea World of Orlando for prerelease conditioning. She was released on October 21, 2020, at the FPL discharge canal at Manatee Park in Lee County. She was 278 centimeters and weighed 915 pounds. She will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 11/10/2020 11:15 AM
    • Daphne’s tag had not updated from the day before. The VHF signal could be heard in the vicinity of her last known location in Cape Coral. The signal was tracked to a storm drain two blocks from the canal she had been in previously. FWC and City Works responded and confirmed sadly that Daphne had become entrapped and died in the drain.

  2. 11/06/2020 08:30 AM
    • Daphne was resting with a larger manatee in a creek off the Caloosahatchee River. The two would alternate between resting and milling around. Daphne was sure to stick close to her companion, mirroring its every move. Towards the end of the observation they meandered down the creek together. Gas and feces were observed.

  3. 11/02/2020 09:15 AM
    • Daphne was tucked into a residential canal off the Caloosahatchee River. It was extremely windy, and she seemed intent on staying put for a while. She milled around the canal, at times moving along the bottom, stirring up a lot of silt. Some old leaves floated to the surface, but nothing really indicated she was feeding off the bottom.

  4. 10/31/2020 09:15 AM
    • Daphne was tucked in behind a mangrove island on the Caloosahatchee River. She milled around under the mangroves and would venture a little way past the edge of the mangrove, and then quickly turn and go back to the mangrove and pace.  She would also settle down until waves rushed in from boat traffic on the Caloosahatchee, then she would start pacing again. 

  5. 10/30/2020 12:00 PM
    • Daphne was tucked in behind a mangrove island on the Caloosahatchee River. She milled around under the trees then took a rest.  Though she was buffered by the trees, the noises from boats passing on the other side seemed to cause her to pace. After a bit she would settle down and try to rest again but as traffic increased so did her pacing.

  6. 10/27/2020 10:30 AM
    • Daphne was resting by the bank in the intake canal at FPL, with respirations every 5 minutes. Some maintenance procedures started on the intake grates and the noise caught her attention. She moved towards the sounds then started pacing. She continued to pace even after the noise stopped.

  7. 10/25/2020 10:00 AM
    • Daphne was in an area of the Orange River where manatees like to feed, but she was alone. The water was high and leaves were accessible, however, she did not try to consume any to. She stayed close to the bank pacing in tight circles.  Eventually she milled around the next little mangrove bend, went close to the bank of the next house where she paced, tight circles. She moved down a little more then continued to pace.

  8. 10/23/2020 10:00 AM
    • Daphne was pacing in a small cove off the Orange River. Anytime something would move in the water she would break off to investigate then go back to pacing. She moved under some low hanging trees and seemed to be settling down to rest but something spooked her, and she darted back to the center and continued pacing.

  9. 10/21/2020 11:00 AM
    • Daphne was released into the Orange River next to the FPL discharge canal at Manatee Park. She milled around near the ramp before working her way down river.

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