About Doscal

Gender: Male
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Doscal was rescued as an emaciated, orphan calf in the FPL discharge canal at Manatee Park, Lee County, Florida on April 3, 2019. He was 189 centimeters long and weighed 203 pounds at the time of his rescue. Doscal was taken to Sea World of Orlando for care. He was transferred to the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature to continue his rehabilitation. He was released on November 19, 2020, in the Caloosahatchee River, in Lee County. He was 244 centimeters and weighed 656 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 02/09/2021 09:00 AM
    •  Doscal made a big move back to Orange River from the feeding grounds to the west. He was resting near shore but soon moved into the channel and was traveling out with the current. He made a detour into a cove that is a popular manatee hang out and began to rest again. Considering his positive behavior since being released MRP biologists decided to end his monitoring period and his tracking gear was removed. Stay safe Doscal.

  2. 02/07/2021 03:00 PM
    • Doscal was located on the east side of the Cape Coral Bridge and then swam under the bridge closest to the shoreline, then back through again before continuing his travels east bound along the north shoreline. There was a lot of boat traffic including jet skis which found him spending a lot of time with the transmitter submerged.  His avoidance of vessels was positive.  Breaths were long at intervals of 4 to 8 minutes.  (He was a manatee on a mission)

  3. 02/02/2021 09:30 AM
    • Doscal was resting in a residential canal off Matlacha Pass, coming up at regular ten-minute intervals. He started milling around with some other animals, although extremely windy conditions made it difficult to determine when Doscal was moving as opposed to the tag being pushed by wind and waves.

  4. 01/30/2021 10:00 AM
    • Doscal found his way to a canal system in Cape Coral, where manatees are known to spend time in the winter. He was very active with the other manatees. Lots of chasing and grabbing. As the sun got higher most of the animals were surface resting, enjoying the heat. Doscal did also briefly, but more manatees were coming in and he had to meet every single one.

  5. 01/27/2021 11:00 AM
    • With the warmer weather Doscal made a big move out to Matlacha Pass. He was resting in an out of the way spot between some mangrove islands. After a long rest he moved to where some other manatees were feeding and joined in. After his snack he socialized with the other animals, whether they wanted him to or not.

  6. 01/24/2021 09:15 AM
    • Doscal near the mouth of the Orange River.  He was resting until disturbed by boat traffic and then began to travel over to a sheltered area where he explored the perimeter of the harbor before coming to rest again in front of the pilings.  He stayed there until 6+ kayaks came into the area, causing him to travel along the bottom of the riverbed, submerging his transmitter, came back to the pilings and rested again.  He had several manatees around him, no interactions noted.

  7. 01/20/2021 09:45 AM
    • Doscal was traveling down the Orange river, which was full of manatees coming, going, and resting in the sun. Doscal cut through some mangroves to access a sheltered area of the river. He moved around the cove, approaching different groups of manatees. He socialized with several manatees then moved under the mangroves. His movements as well as some of the other animals looked like feeding but that could not be confirmed visually, and no apparent food source was visible. A body condition assessment showed him to have a flat belly but not concave.

  8. 01/18/2021 10:00 AM
    • Doscal was resting at the edge of a small harbor in the Orange River.  Several manatees were in the immediate area, a couple resting near him. He continued resting, undisturbed by paddle craft that occasionally entered the area. Aroused by some other manatees being disturbed, he began to mill around with other animals.

  9. 01/13/2021 09:15 AM
    • Doscal was in a pile of manatees in the Orange River. After some interaction he settled along the side, into the current with respirations every 9-10 minutes. A lot of the other manatees were resting in the same direction and when several of them would come up to breathe at the same time it was like a squadron of submarines surfacing.

  10. 01/08/2021 09:30 AM
    • Doscal was resting just inside the Orange River for the first 15 minutes of observation.  Two smaller fishing boats were fishing under the mangroves and Doscal moved closer to the mile marker away from them. He did interact with a couple of manatees, no unusual behaviors noted. Normal breath intervals.


  11. 01/04/2021 01:30 PM
    • Doscal was observed in the Caloosahatchee River feeding with two other manatees. A few boats came through the area and they began traveling upriver. Doscal tends to travel by going back and forth across the river which is a little unusual. 

  12. 01/02/2021 01:00 PM
    • Doscal was resting in the Orange River.  Breaths were on average 8 to 10 minutes.  A pontoon boat entered the area where he was resting which disturbed him and he began traveling away.  He rested in a turn of the canal, then headed toward a favorite spot. He quickly turned around again due to increased boat traffic.  He came up for breaths every 3-7 minutes before coming to rest again. Two kayaks came within close proximity at which time he went down to the bottom of the river and stayed there for at least 10 minutes before resurfacing and milling around.

  13. 12/29/2020 10:15 AM
    • Doscal was resting in a sheltered area off the Orange River. It seemed to be the activity of choice. There were many manatees in this spot but not a lot of activity. A body condition assessment was attempted but was thwarted by the murky water and an alligator.

  14. 12/26/2020 11:00 AM
    • Doscal in a canal in the Orange River.  He was resting there and then began traveling t o a sheltered area where he milled around the old pilings and then began to socialize with another manatee.  A couple of times, witnessed eating algae from the pilings (low tide), head tilt, etc. There were approximately 50-75 manatees in the area, he was mainly interacting with one rather large manatee in and around the pilings.

  15. 12/22/2020 09:30 AM
    • Doscal was socializing with several manatees in a sheltered area on the Orange River. The activity would escalate to cavorting, then settle, then escalate. After about an hour Doscal moved closer to shore and bottom rested for the remainder of the observation.

  16. 12/16/2020 04:00 PM
    • Doscal was in the Orange River. He milled around and then moved further toward the highway and interacted with several manatees along the way. He then rested on the bottom near the pilings on the west side of the harbor.  Respirations were in the range of every 5-8 minutes while resting.  Doscal must have been brushed by another manatee because he quickly moved back into the middle of the harbor where he began milling around again.  

  17. 12/16/2020 11:30 AM
    • Doscal was traveling close to mangroves in the Orange River. He made his way into an open area where a lot of manatees were resting and began bottom resting. He took breaths every 8 minutes initially, then every 10 minutes. He moved a little bit over to another spot when a rowdy manatee disturbed him while socializing. The same troublemaker later began yanking on his tag, and Doscal moved again to another spot not too far away. He rested for the remainder of the visual. His head and shoulders were gray in color.

  18. 12/11/2020 02:00 PM
    • Doscal was socializing with 3 other manatees in the Orange Harbor, then traveled away, toward the mangroves where he milled for a while and then spent over 45 minutes bottom resting.  He resumed milling and headed toward a female manatee and her calf where he remained until our departure.


  19. 12/08/2020 12:00 PM
    • Doscal was resting in a cove off the Orange River. There were many other manatees engaged in a variety of activities. Doscal approached a few groups before finding one he wanted to socialize with. He chased, was chased and as things approached cavorting, he moved away. He found another, less rowdy group and hung out with 

  20. 12/05/2020 08:30 AM
    • Doscal was milling with another adult-sized manatee, in the Orange River, then spent a period of 15 minutes resting on the bottom.  He then milled around some boat docks and was joined by a mother and calf (didn't appear to be the same mother/calf as we observed with him the last time, this one didn't have the same scar pattern).  

  21. 12/01/2020 12:30 PM
    • Doscal was traveling across the Caloosahatchee River towards a sheltered marina. He seemed about to enter but some people were working on the dock and the noise appeared to deter him. He moved back across the river and found a place to take a rest. Occasionally a boat would pass, and the wake would cause him to adjust his position. Once settled again, he would return to resting. He did show good boat avoidance as well as jet skis and kayaks.

  22. 11/29/2020 09:15 AM
    • Doscal was initially found with a large female and calf in the Orange River. They then traveled toward the Caloosahatchee, spending time socializing with a total of 3 manatees.  During this interaction, the mother and calf moved off to the side and then Doscal rejoined the mother and calf and started milling back to where we originally began this observation

  23. 11/26/2020 10:45 AM
    • Doscal was traveling down the Caloosahatchee. He would stop here and there to explore the shore or some pilings. He made his way down a wooded canal and seemed to be settling down to rest. A kayaker came around the corner behind him and Doscal quickly moved back up the canal.  Once he had some distance between him and the kayak, he stopped under some low hanging bushes. When the kayaker, who was not aware that a manatee was there, got close again, Doscal repeated his evasive maneuvers. After the kayak left the canal, Doscal found another spot to take his rest.

  24. 11/23/2020 09:15 AM
    • Doscal was socializing in a sheltered area off the Caloosahatchee, with a few other manatees.  They would touch faces and chase each other around. When things escalated to cavorting, Doscal and a smaller manatee separated themselves until it settled down. The group interacted together for the entire observation

  25. 11/21/2020 04:15 PM
    • Doscal was milling around the Caloosahatchee River, in about 2-2.5 ft. of water, gravel-based bottom.  Rested for approximately 20 minutes on the bottom.  He was along the north shore, no other boat traffic in the area.

  26. 11/19/2020 03:30 AM
    • Doscal was released into the Caloosahatchee river. He milled near the boat ramp for a short time, then started tentatively making his way up a canal. After a few starts and stops he picked up the pace and continued out of sight.

Data map is currently not present for Doscal.