About CC

Gender: Male
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Image courtesy of David Schrichte

CC was rescued as an orphan from the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida on July 1, 2006. He was only 121 cm long and weighed 55 lbs. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission transported him to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida to rehabilitate, and he was released at Crystal River on March 4, 2009. Upon release, he was 240 cm in length and weighed 465 lbs. CC began the adaptation process but then found a cove in the Gulf just outside Crystal River and did not appear to be leaving it often enough to get sufficient fresh water and food. He was brought back to SeaWorld in Orlando on April 10, 2009, for dehydration and malnutrition. CC was re-released on February 27, 2010 at Three Sisters in Crystal River, Florida. CC weighed 700 lbs and was 246 cm on the day of his release. On 3/13/10, CC was rescued from Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, FL, from cold stress and brought to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL, to recuperate. CC is now 263 cm long and weighs 930 lbs. CC was re-released on Wednesday, 2/16/11, at Three Sisters Springs, by Crystal River Wildlife Refuge, Lowry Park Zoo, USGS, Sea To Shore Alliance, and volunteers. He was given a red and white tag.

  1. 11/27/2013 10:00 AM
    • Sad news to report.  CC was recovered by the southeast FWC field station today in the Ft. Lauderdale area.  He had three fractured vertebrae with bruising and clotting.  He had food throughout his gastrointestinal tract and food was even found in his mouth.  Gives the impression that he went quickly...or at least that is what we want to believe.  It is amazing all that he overcame throughout the years.  And that he made his way to Ft. Lauderdale either the long way (around the state) or through the lock systems from the Caloosahatchee River-Okeechobee-St. Lucie Canal. 

       

       

  2. 04/27/2012 06:11 PM
    • April 27: Wonderful news...CC's equipment was removed yesterday because he is doing great. After a winter of teetering on the cusp of rescue, CC began to gorge on algae around the canals after it warmed up in spring. For weeks, feeding was his primary behavior during observations. While he was feeding on April 26, we were able to obtain a good underwater assessment and confirmed he had a very round belly. His equipment was removed without a moment of hesitation in his focus of feeding.
       
      We would like to thank everyone for all their assistance these past years with getting CC over the acclimation hump. He has been a challenge but I think we have proven persistence and patience wins out. CC has officially been moved from the "incomplete" to "success" category.
  3. 04/20/2012 12:34 PM
    • On April 19 CC was feeding along the same wall as on April 10.  The same dogs who were barking and growling at CC on that day were at the wall again. CC was feeding undisturbed by the barking. One of the dogs lost its footing and fell in the water from the seawall, landing about 6 ft. from CC. CC calmly changed positions to the other side of the canal and began eating algae again. Meanwhile, the dog swam in circles and flailed along the seawall unable to get out. After a couple of minutes the dog swam to some steps and got out. CC continued foraging along the wall heading North and East. He literally had other vegetation of greater nutritional value on his head but didn’t seem to want anything but the algae, which at times he was voraciously eating. 
  4. 04/14/2012 11:50 AM
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      On April 5 when CC was first sighted, he was between a dock, seawall and a semi-circle of swimmers. CC’s behavior changed to feeding on algae both on seawall and bottom rocks in approximately 3-5ft of water within minutes of the swimmers and boat leaving the area. During the remainder of the observation he travelled slowly while eating along the seawall, resting periodically. He was resting when the observation was over but dive boats were heading into the canal. 
       
      On April 9 CC was travelling with speed from one end of the canal to the other as far as the bridge to the island, rolling continually as he went. He has not been observed rolling for quite some time until today. He backtracked to the southeast end of the canal and then back north and west. Breaths were noted, one to two minutes apart, until visual was lost while CC was under a dock. He spent 29 minutes under a private dock before moving under a bridge and into the sanctuary canal. He was then seen heading out towards the main canal but some barking dogs at the water’s edge may have deterred him as he changed his direction when he got near them. Very little feeding was observed, he was observed feeding on algae from a floating dock for less than a minute. 
       
      On April 10 CC was really lethargic but may have been resting from prior behavior not observed. He was extremely active the evening before swimming very fast and rolling as mentioned in the April 9 field report. He didn’t move from rocks along the seawall even when two dogs were over him barking at him while he was taking breaths.   
       
      On April 11 CC was inside a homeowner’s boat house feeding when the observation began. He came out of the boathouse and began feeding on the seawall. He was joined by a young adult (YA), socialized for a minute, nose to nose, and went back to feeding on seawall. The YA was feeding nose to nose with CC along the seawall in the exact same spot. He began to nibble on the algae on CC but CC was not happy with that and moved away to another spot about 75ft away. The YA caught up with him and continued feeding on the seawall right next to CC. He tried to nibble on CC again and CC moved away. This dance continued for about 20 minutes and then the YA moved on and CC continued feeding on his own. 
       
      On April 13 CC was seen milling when we first encountered him but then constant feeding on algae along seawall. There may have also been milfoil in the area.
  5. 04/02/2012 10:09 PM
    • On April 2 CC was resting in a canal near the Kings Bay Drive Bridge.  He was bottom resting initially close to the seawall, grazed briefly on algae along the seawall, and then moved in the deep water in front of the southern underpass (where boats idle) and resumed resting.  He later moved slowly under the bridge onto the west side and into shallows where the water clarity seemed like it could be conducive to getting some underwater photos. However, once in the water with him, clarity was not sufficient to get good photos.
  6. 03/31/2012 10:14 PM
    • On March 30 CC was resting close to the shoreline when first observed. I entered the water to do a body assessment. CC was undisturbed initially, but because the water was murky I couldn’t see well enough to assess his body condition. I needed to feel his head and belly and he began moving away. He soon settled down and began feeding on a thick bed of milfoil; one other manatee joined him.  I was able to feel (and get poor photos of) his head and belly.  His belly feels flat or slightly round (not concave).
  7. 03/28/2012 10:07 PM
    • On March 21, CC was observed engaging in many different activities from fast swimming to resting nose to nose with another manatee on the bottom of a shallow area of the cove. He was also investigating the plants along the shoreline presumably for something to eat. His breaths came at varying intervals so that no set pattern was observed. He is moving around much more than he had been in the past weeks in an area where there is food available.
       
      On March 28 CC was seen traveling east away from dive boats when first sighted. One boat was anchored, and another was setting anchor. Both left when I approached. The captain of the anchored boat asked who the tagged manatee was. She was informed it was CC. There were no other manatees present. CC traveled into the treatment canal where he was observed eating algae from piling. He nibbled on submerged vegetation but passed floating lotus by. When done feeding, CC rubbed his back on my kayak and eyeballed me twice from under ater before going to middle of canal to rest on the bottom. 
  8. 03/24/2012 11:44 AM
    • On March 24 CC was observed travelling. He was not disturbed by a dive boat group about three manatee lengths away (roughly 16-20 ft.), that was with another manatee. 
  9. 03/21/2012 11:47 AM
    • On March 21 CC was observed rolling on his back in a heavy downpour exposing his belly to rain and slapping his chest with his fins at two different times during two separate downpours. CC was observed engaging in many different activities from fast swimming to resting nose to nose with another manatee on the bottom of shallow area of the cove. He was also investigating the plants along the shoreline, presumably for something to eat. His breaths came at varying intervals so that no set pattern was observed. He is moving around much more than he had been in the past weeks in an area where there is food available.
  10. 03/20/2012 02:18 PM
    • As of March 20, CC was no longer tagged with an Argos satellite updating tag.  CC was retagged with a clip-on VHF orange and white tag which has limited range. He was seen among 2 cow/calf pairs and probably 3-4 single individuals in the canal that leads up to the sewer plant.
       
      In general he looked good. He was feeding on algae off seawalls as were the other animals nearby. No pacing or barrel rolls but he was active and alert. No fecals were observed but he was very actively feeding. Even though other vegetation was growing along the edges, including a bit of water hyacinth, he and the other animals were focused on the epiphytic algae. Interesting. Several animals were seen coming into this canal. 
  11. 03/15/2012 11:47 PM
    • On March 9, CC stayed in one spot the whole time, barely breaking the surface for breaths.  Only three deep breaths with rostrum out of water during the whole hour, all other breaths were barely noticeable.  He is unusually thick with algae.
       
      On March 13, CC was resting just west of the Three Sisters Sanctuary with nose and tail on the bottom and bottom arched up. He was covered with thick algae. Small air bubbles are in the algae and there is also algae on his face whiskers.  He shifted positions slightly during an in-water assessment.  His underside was not able to be observed but no longitudinal folds were felt on his ventral surface.  Lateral folds were felt but likely due to his arched position.  After over an hour of resting in the same position, another manatee approached CC, briefly rested (with its head almost on CC’s tail) for approx. 4 minutes. The other manatee then slowly swam away and CC followed westward to the other side of the canal. The two briefly rested under a dock, both with their muzzles right up along the seawall.  Both then began mouthing the seawall, apparently feeding on the algae growing along the seawall.  They intermittently milled and fed during the remainder of the observation period.
       
      On March 14, CC seemed lethargic, he did not move during this observation at all, except for breaths, which were good deep breaths today with rostrum out of water, unlike 3/09/12. 
  12. 02/29/2012 11:30 PM
    • On February 28, CC was seen in 3 Sisters Spring sanctuary. He had entered the sanctuary and bottom rested.  Tom was not tracking with VHF however, both Bob Bonde and Kim were attempting to listen to CC via VHF yesterday and were not able to get a signal. So the batteries in his tag may be gone.
       
      On Febraury 29, CC was observed bottom resting in Magnolia Springs.
  13. 02/23/2012 12:26 AM
    • On Feb 20 CC was observed resting in 3 Sisters Springs Sanctuary for a long period of time.  Over 30 other manatees were also resting in 3 Sisters Springs.  He slowly swam out of the sanctuary and bottom rested a short distance away, but outside the sanctuary allowing a better look at him.
       
      On Feb 23 CC was observed very briefly travelling rapidly along the canal coming from 3 Sister Springs and into another Springs sanctuary where visual contact was lost.
  14. 02/18/2012 12:24 AM
    • CC was observed resting on the bottom just outside the sanctuary from Three Sisters Springs. He did not move from this location while being observed.
  15. 02/09/2012 12:23 AM
    • CC was observed Thurs 2/9 in Magnolia Spring.  He milled back and forth across the canal, making a few rolls, and briefly left the sanctuary, but returned before we could do a body condition assessment.  Upon returning to the sanctuary, he milled briefly but then surface rested with the 50++ other manatees.
       
  16. 01/12/2012 08:38 PM
    • On Saturday, 12/03/11, CC bottom-rested inside the Three Sisters Springs Sanctuary.  Many other manatees were also resting inside and milling just outside the spring.  In about an hour he became more active and left the sanctuary area. A small white mark was observed above his left eye.
       
      He milled in the Magnolia Springs/Gator Hole sanctuary on Monday, 12/05/11, in the main canal where around 150 manatees were surface-resting.  CC was by far the most active animal in the group, swimming and rolling. Jessica was able to get a good visual on his abdomen which looked good and a well formed fecal was emerging. The mark about his left eye also appeared to be smaller. On Thursday, 12/15/11, CC was observed in a residential canal across from Three Sisters Springs browsing on algae and other bottom vegetation.  Then he swam out of the spring and bottom-rested. Several other manatees and a few tour boats were in the area, although CC did not interact with any of them. On Thursday, 12/22/11, he bottom-rested in Three Sisters with about 65 adults and 25 calves.  Several boats and swimmers were in the area outside the sanctuary. He very slowly milled to the west and left the sanctuary, not rolling at all, and continued southwest to the westernmost canal.  He then fed on algae on the side of the seawall.   Sea To Shore would also like to welcome two new volunteers, Tom and Kim, who participated in the day’s visual and will be tracking in the Crystal River area.
      CC was seen actively socializing with two other animals in Three Sisters on Tuesday, 12/27/11, by longtime volunteer Stacy Dunn. On Wednesday, 12/28/11, he swam into the small canal by Cutler Spur Rd. and got himself stuck at low tide. He was rescued and relocated by FWC on Thursday morning, 12/29/11, and a health assessment was performed since the rescue gave an opportunity for it. CC looked good at the time, although the ultrasound showed that he did not have that much back fat.

      CC was observed Jan 2, 2012 in the Magnolia Springs/Gator Hole sanctuary.  Observations were made from outside the sanctuary with binoculars.  CC spent most of his time apparently feeding, moving slowly along the seawall, face-in, possibly feeding on algae growing along the seawall, something he has frequently been observed doing.  He periodically milled in the center of the canal but then went back to the seawall and resumed the likely feeding posture.  There were several other manatees in the area but CC was not interacting with them.

  17. 01/11/2012 12:22 AM
    • On Jan 11 CC was initially observed inside 3 Sisters Spring Sanctuary, resting close to the northern spring boil.  Two swimmers were nearby (may have approached him) but they did not interact.  He then milled a bit and resumed resting in the chute/spring run that leads out of 3 Sisters Spring.  He then traveled down the run and entered the sanctuary where he rested ~25 min with 6-70 other manatees inside the sanctuary boundaries (there were another 20-30 manatees outside the sanctuary boundaries, along with boats and swimmers).  CC then left the sanctuary and traveled down the canal but did a U-turn when his path intersected with the path of 4 other manatees swimming towards 3 Sisters Spring.  Upon turning around, CC swam back towards 3SS, briefly passed through the sanctuary, continued past the entrance to the springs themselves (occasionally travelling with other manatees), turned around again a short distance past the entrance, this time entered the chute/spring run leading to 3SS, and stopped about ¾ of the way up where he bottom rested until the end of the observation period.
       
      He was not observed rolling at all during this observation period.
  18. 11/15/2011 11:16 PM
    • CC was observed on Wednesday, 11/02/11, feeding in Magnolia Springs with one other animal. There were other animals in the area, and there were also tour boats and swimmers there but they did not approach CC and he did not interact with them. He continues to have good body condition. On Monday, 11/14/11, he bottom-rested with a large group of other animals just outside Three Sisters Springs.
  19. 10/25/2011 11:15 PM
    • CC milled, traveled, and fed on milfoil by himself near Magnolia Spring on Thursday, 9/29/11.  His tag was recovered near Magnolia Spring on Sunday, 10/02/11, with the tether intact, as if someone had unsnapped its snap-shackle at the belt, but Buddy re-tagged him with our new prototype tag in that same area on Wednesday, 10/05/11.  He milled and fed on milfoil and algae in the canals near Magnolia Spring with a mother-calf pair on Sunday, 10/09/11.  On Friday, 10/14/11, he milled, socialized, and fed on milfoil and algae with a mother-calf pair and one other animal in the canals south of Three Sisters.  On Saturday, 10/22/11, he fed on algae and milfoil and socialized with one other animal near the Kings Bay bridge.  Thanks very much to the dive shop who recovered CC’s old tag, thanks to Crystal River Wildlife Refuge for putting on a great event that Saturday and helping us get the word out about MRP animals to such a large crowd, and thanks so much to Stacy and Mike Dunn who put in long hours at our booth there!

  20. 09/24/2011 11:13 PM
    • On Saturday, 9/10/11, CC milled, paced, and socialized with one other animal near Magnolia Springs. At one point when he milled past a boat his tag was lifted up by a boater but CC continued to mill and seemed unaffected. He milled, socialized, and fed near Magnolia Springs on Sunday, 9/18/11, with a mother and calf. On Friday, 9/23/11, he bottom-rested, milled, and fed by himself near the Kings Bay bridge.

  21. 09/06/2011 11:18 PM
    • 8/12/11-9/06/11: CC milled, traveled, and fed by himself in a canal south of Three Sisters Springs on Friday, 8/19/11.  On Wednesday, 8/24/11, he was seen milling and feeding in the cove behind Pete’s Pier by himself.    At one point he approached a mechanical harvester operating in the area and the operator shut down the machine; he then resumed milling after a few minutes.  On Tuesday, 8/30/11, he was reported to be trapped at the northern end of a canal near Three Sisters, having apparently swam in at high tide.  While there he milled and fed.  Crystal River Wildlife Refuge responded and aided him in swimming back out into the canal.  Thank you to the Refuge for helping him out!

      7/26/11-8/11/11: CC was seen milling and feeding on surface vegetation by himself in one of the canals surrounding Three Sisters Springs on Monday, 7/25/11.  On Friday, 8/05/11, he milled by himself in Magnolia Springs.  He appears to be in good condition.  He milled by himself outside Three Sisters on Tuesday, 8/09/11.  A fecal was seen from him during the visual, indicating CC has been feeding.  

      7/12/11-7/25/11: He milled and traveled by himself near Three Sisters on Monday, 7/11/11.  On Tuesday, 7/19/11, CC milled and fed in the canals outside Three Sisters.  Buddy got an in-water body condition assessment and found that he looked good.  Some barrel-rolling but no pacing was observed.  Thanks very much to Mike Dunn for spotting assistance!

      6/24/11-7/11/11: On Wednesday, 6/22/11, CC was observed bottom-resting, milling, socializing, and feeding briefly on bottom vegetation with 3 other animals including a mother-calf pair.  He milled and bottom-rested by himself near Three Sisters on Tuesday, 7/05/11. 

      6/02/11-6/23/11: CC was observed on Tuesday, 6/07/11, near Magnolia Springs with one other animal.  He was bottom-resting, milling, socializing, and feeding.  During one milling period he was barrel-rolling, but during the second he was milling more slowly with no barrel rolls.  On Tuesday, 6/14/11, he milled at a fairly fast pace around kayaks and swimmers in Three Sisters Springs, then traveled out toward Magnolia Spring and milled more slowly.  A fecal was seen from him during this observation, indicative of feeding.

  22. 06/02/2011 11:19 PM
    • 5/16/11-6/01/11: CC was seen on Wednesday, 5/25/11, in the canals near Three Sisters.  He was by himself, traveling, milling, and feeding on vegetation on the shoreline and bottom of the canals.  Another fecal was seen from him during this visual.  
      CC’s tag was recovered on Monday morning, 5/30/11, by a kayak rental shop in Kings Bay.  That afternoon CC milled by himself, barrel-rolling occasionally and feeding in one of the canals south of Three Sisters.  He also bottom-rested, during which time Melody was able to re-attach the tag.  Thanks very much to Officer Craig Cavanna for spotting assistance.  CC appeared to be in good condition.

      4/23/11-5/15/11: On Saturday, 4/23/11, CC socialized with a mother-calf pair near Magnolia Springs, very calmly milling next to them.  No pacing was seen, only slow milling and 2 periods of feeding.  The Magnolia Springs area was fairly quiet that day and he wasn’t bothered by swimmers or boaters during the afternoon; the few that came in were all interested in his story and were happy to give him some space.
      On Monday, 4/25/11, he milled and traveled in Magnolia Springs by himself.  Pacing was observed briefly, in large, slow circles with barrel rolls.  At one point he swam slowly along the seawall, possibly feeding but this could not be confirmed.  He milled by himself in Magnolia Springs on Monday, 5/09/11, during which time there was very little boating activity there.  He appeared to be in good condition.  On Tuesday, 5/10/11, he was seen bottom-resting near Three Sisters, then milling east in the canals.  Thanks so much to Mike and Stacy Dunn and Crystal River Wildlife Refuge for continuing to educate the public not to swim with him.  On Thursday, 5/12/11, he bottom-rested, milled, and socialized with one other animal west of Three Sisters.  A small fecal was observed from him, indicative of feeding.  There was also a mother and calf and one other adult in the area.

      2/4/11/11-4/21/11: On Monday, 4/11/11, CC was seen bottom-resting by himself in the canal just west of the entrance to Three Sisters Springs, then traveled away when a boat pulled up and anchored near him.  He traveled west down the canal toward Kings Bay, going fast and barrel-rolling.  He then bottom-rested in a cove on the west side of Kings Bay, then from 11:30-noon he paced large circles between the Port Hotel and the pass between Parker and Banana Islands.  A small fecal was seen from him during the visual.
      On Tuesday, 4/12/11, he paced in the small cove by Parker Island, then traveled to the south shore of Banana Island.  He paced and traveled there, then tried to eat algae from anchored boats.  Other animals were in the area but CC did not socialize with them.
       

      On Wednesday, 4/13/11, CC paced and did barrel rolls by himself in the Hunter Springs and Pete’s Pier areas.  He traveled east in the bay, then was milling and pacing large, slow circles in the vicinity of about 12 other manatees. There were two occasions where he was possibly socializing and mouthing on a few of the others.  He paused briefly several times, then traveled back to the area behind Pete’s Pier.
      There were 28 animals total in Kings Bay according to a survey flight by Joyce Kleen.
       

      On Friday, 4/15/11, CC paced, doing barrel rolls, in very large circles from Kings Bay bridge along the wall to Gator Hole, across, and back down that wall along the docks.  He was also traveling in straight lines further than usual.
       

      On Saturday, 4/16/11, just before 10 am, CC paced in the back spring of Three Sisters while being approached by 2 dive tours, then left the spring.
      From 1:30 to 4:30 he bottom-rested by himself just outside Three Sisters, then fed for 15 minutes on algae.  He milled and then fed for another 15 minutes on algae, leaves on the surface, and bits of milfoil.  No gas was seen, but he passed a small, very fibrous fecal at 4:30 pm which was unfortunately not able to be collected.  A few other animals were seen in Kings Bay today:  at least 2 in the grass flats in the southwest corner of the bay and one by Parker Island.  When pacing is observed, it now seems to often be larger circles.
      Also, the speed zones in Kings Bay have now been taken down.
       

      On Sunday, 4/17/11, he was feeding in the canal on the way to Three Sisters Springs, opposite the canal that leads to Magnolia Springs.  He fed for about 20 minutes and kayakers in the area reported that they had seen him feeding along the seawall about 15-20 minutes before then and again earlier that morning as well.  He broke off from feeding twice when kayaks approached.  He stopped at one point again to feed briefly on algae on rocks, then continued into the spring. 
       

      On Thursday, 4/21/11, he was near the bridge leading to Three Sisters socializing with a mother-calf pair.  There were several tour boats in the area which, for the most part, remained a respectful distance.  CC followed the pair into a side canal, then left them a short time later and milled in the main canal by himself.  He continued milling, then stopped along the shoreline and began feeding on algae and hydrilla.  After a few moments he crossed the canal to the seawall and fed for another 8 minutes on algae along the dock and seawall.  There was one more 10-minute period of feeding after he milled around kayakers and swimmers.

  23. 04/11/2011 11:22 PM
    • 3/25/11-4/10/11: CC alternately paced, traveled, and milled in southwest Kings Bay on Tuesday, 3/29/11.  Two other animals were briefly close to him during the visual.  On Tuesday, 4/05/11, he paced in Three Sisters Springs near a dive tour group of 10 snorkelers.  When the people left he paced in larger circles and stopped several times to inspect floating vegetation.  He then socialized and traveled with one other animal, ending up at Parker Island with a large group of animals who were feeding, but it could not be determined whether CC was feeding.  He continues to barrel-roll as he paces.  He paced continuously near Pete’s Pier by himself on Thursday, 4/07/11.  On Friday, 4/08/11, CC was by himself in a canal near Three Sisters Springs.  He paced for short periods in between more intentional traveling and stopping to investigate docked boats.  He then fed on algae on the canal’s sides and on a dock for a total of 45 minutes.  On Saturday, 4/09/11, he paced and traveled in the canals around Three Sisters Springs, briefly socialized with two other animals in Magnolia Springs, and fed for a few minutes on algae on an anchored boat, though other vegetation was available in the area.  He then bottom-rested outside of Three Sisters.  A body condition assessment was obtained:  CC is somewhat thin but not emaciated.We greatly appreciate help from Stacy Dunn and Crystal River Refuge in keeping a close eye on CC.

      3/11/11-3/24/11: He was observed with a large group of other animals on Thursday, 3/17/11, in the Banana Island sanctuary.  He stayed on the outskirts of what appeared to be a cavorting herd.  He was seen again by himself on Wednesday, 3/23/11, in the southwest corner of Kings Bay, bottom-resting and feeding.

      3/01/11-3/10/11: He was seen pacing in the Palm Springs area of Kings Bay by himself on Friday, 3/04/11.  On Monday, 3/07/11, he was feeding in the canal south of Sunset Shores with 3 other animals.

      2/16/11-2/28/11: CC’s tag was recovered from a vine at Three Sisters on Sunday, 2/20/11, and he was then re-tagged by Monica at Hunter Spring on Monday, 2/21/11, where he was pacing. His tag was recovered again on Wednesday, 2/23/11, wrapped around a piling in Hunter Spring, and he was re-tagged by Melody on Saturday, 2/26/11, in a canal in the southeast corner of Kings Bay. He was pacing and feeding. At least three other manatees were in the area. Much appreciation for Stacy Dunn’s time spent helping with both re-taggings!

      3/09/10-3/15/10: CC was found pacing on Wednesday, 3/10/10, in the main canal leading to Three Sisters Springs, where water temperature was warm. He socialized with a total of 4 other animals during the observation, briefly following them for a few minutes toward Kings Bay, then would continue to mill or pace by himself. On Saturday, 3/13/10, he was observed pacing and surface-resting with 13 other animals. Melody obtained an in-water body condition and observed cold stress spots on his face and down his sides near his pectoral flippers. He took frequent breaths and began pacing again. CC was captured that afternoon by Crystal River Wildlife Refuge and Sea To Shore Alliance and taken to Lowry Park Zoo. He is now recovering in the heated med pool.

      3/01/10-3/08/10: On Monday, 3/01/10, CC was captured in a canal cut into an island southwest of the entrance to Salt River. He was then transported back to warm water near Three Sisters Springs where he was released. Outwardly, CC looked good. On Wednesday, 3/03/10, he socialized at Three Sisters Springs with 9 other animals including Myra and Little Nap.

      2/17/10-2/28/10: CC was released at Three Sisters Springs on Wednesday, 2/17/10, by SeaWorld of Orlando and Sea to Shore Alliance. He immediately began traveling around the spring and socialized with at least 2 other animals there. CC traveled out to the end of Crystal River on Wednesday, 2/24/10, and was found down a narrow, winding creek off the south bank of the entrance to the river on Friday, 2/26/10, in cold water. On Saturday, 2/27/10, he appeared to be coming back up Salt River, but early on Sunday morning, 2/28/10, he started back out into the gulf again. A capture is planned for Monday, 3/01/10, to relocate CC back to Kings Bay.

       

  24. 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
    • 2/16/11-2/28/11: CC’s tag was recovered from a vine at Three Sisters on Sunday, 2/20/11, and he was then re-tagged by Monica at Hunter Spring on Monday, 2/21/11, where he was pacing. His tag was recovered again on Wednesday, 2/23/11, wrapped around a piling in Hunter Spring, and he was re-tagged by Melody on Saturday, 2/26/11, in a canal in the southeast corner of Kings Bay. He was pacing and feeding. At least three other manatees were in the area. Much appreciation for Stacy Dunn’s time spent helping with both re-taggings!

      3/09/10-3/15/10: CC was found pacing on Wednesday, 3/10/10, in the main canal leading to Three Sisters Springs, where water temperature was warm. He socialized with a total of 4 other animals during the observation, briefly following them for a few minutes toward Kings Bay, then would continue to mill or pace by himself. On Saturday, 3/13/10, he was observed pacing and surface-resting with 13 other animals. Melody obtained an in-water body condition and observed cold stress spots on his face and down his sides near his pectoral flippers. He took frequent breaths and began pacing again. CC was captured that afternoon by Crystal River Wildlife Refuge and Sea To Shore Alliance and taken to Lowry Park Zoo. He is now recovering in the heated med pool.

      3/01/10-3/08/10: On Monday, 3/01/10, CC was captured in a canal cut into an island southwest of the entrance to Salt River. He was then transported back to warm water near Three Sisters Springs where he was released. Outwardly, CC looked good. On Wednesday, 3/03/10, he socialized at Three Sisters Springs with 9 other animals including Myra and Little Nap.

      2/17/10-2/28/10: CC was released at Three Sisters Springs on Wednesday, 2/17/10, by SeaWorld of Orlando and Sea to Shore Alliance. He immediately began traveling around the spring and socialized with at least 2 other animals there. CC traveled out to the end of Crystal River on Wednesday, 2/24/10, and was found down a narrow, winding creek off the south bank of the entrance to the river on Friday, 2/26/10, in cold water. On Saturday, 2/27/10, he appeared to be coming back up Salt River, but early on Sunday morning, 2/28/10, he started back out into the gulf again. A capture is planned for Monday, 3/01/10, to relocate CC back to Kings Bay.

      4/7/09-4/13/09: On Wednesday, 4/8/09, C.C. was observed alone in a mangrove cove where there were sparse seagrasses. With the cool snap that came through the previous day most of the wild manatees had moved back into the warmer water in the headwaters of Crystal River, but C.C. had not responded. Because he had been staying in that particular cove for so long and had not been observed foraging or seeking fresh water, it was decided that he should be caught for a health assessment by a SeaWorld veterinarian. On Friday, 4/10/09, C.C. was captured and transported back to Crystal River from The Suncoast Keys. Once back at the dock, the decision was made to move C.C. back to SeaWorld for additional monitoring and recuperation.

      3/30/09-4/6/09: C.C. moved out of the cove he has been staying in in the gulf on Saturday, 4/4/09, but had moved back in by 4/5/09. As of Monday afternoon, 4/6/09, he is at the mouth of the cove, where other animals are often seen.

      3/23/09-3/30/09: C.C. was observed on Wednesday, 3/25/09, in a small cove out in the gulf at Crystal River. He has remained in this area for the last week. He is still by himself but the cove has lots of food and is a slow zone. His belly looked a bit flat but he was moving around during the observation.

      3/17/09-3/24/09: C.C. has stayed in an area out in the gulf that is relatively hard to reach by boat, but a flight to observe him has been scheduled for Tuesday, 3/24/09, and another boat trip on Wednesday, 3/25/09.

      3/10/09-3/16/09: C.C. was observed in northern Kings Bay, Crystal River, exploring the area by himself. He would broaden his circles while moving further and further along the coast. During the later part of the week and over the weekend he has moved down river to the mouth of Crystal River where there is plentiful estuarine seagrass and is now slowly making his way back up the river again.

      3/9/09: Some pacing behavior was seen from C.C. in Kings Bay, so we will be paying close attention to this.

      3/4/09: C.C. was given a blue and white tag and loaded onto SeaWorld's vessel, then released into Crystal River's sanctuary at noon. He began by pacing circles and remaining submerged the first minute, then milled across the river to boat docks within the sanctuary on the other side. There were two other animals within 50 yards of him near the docks, one also milling and one feeding. C.C.'s breaths were about 3-4 minutes apart.

  25. 04/10/2009 11:23 PM
    • 4/7/09-4/10/09: On Wednesday, 4/8/09, C.C. was observed alone in a mangrove cove where there were sparse seagrasses. With the cool snap that came through the previous day most of the wild manatees had moved back into the warmer water in the headwaters of Crystal River, but C.C. had not responded. Because he had been staying in that particular cove for so long and had not been observed foraging or seeking fresh water, it was decided that he should be caught for a health assessment by a SeaWorld veterinarian. On Friday, 4/10/09, C.C. was captured and transported back to Crystal River from The Suncoast Keys. Once back at the dock, the decision was made to move C.C. back to SeaWorld for additional monitoring and recuperation.

      3/30/09-4/6/09: C.C. moved out of the cove he has been staying in in the gulf on Saturday, 4/4/09, but had moved back in by 4/5/09. As of Monday afternoon, 4/6/09, he is at the mouth of the cove, where other animals are often seen.

      3/23/09-3/30/09: C.C. was observed on Wednesday, 3/25/09, in a small cove out in the gulf at Crystal River. He has remained in this area for the last week. He is still by himself but the cove has lots of food and is a slow zone. His belly looked a bit flat but he was moving around during the observation.

      3/17/09-3/24/09: C.C. has stayed in an area out in the gulf that is relatively hard to reach by boat, but a flight to observe him has been scheduled for Tuesday, 3/24/09, and another boat trip on Wednesday, 3/25/09.

      3/10/09-3/16/09: C.C. was observed in northern Kings Bay, Crystal River, exploring the area by himself. He would broaden his circles while moving further and further along the coast. During the later part of the week and over the weekend he has moved down river to the mouth of Crystal River where there is plentiful estuarine seagrass and is now slowly making his way back up the river again.

      3/9/09: Some pacing behavior was seen from C.C. in Kings Bay, so we will be paying close attention to this.

      3/4/09: C.C. was given a blue and white tag and loaded onto SeaWorld's vessel, then released into Crystal River's sanctuary at noon. He began by pacing circles and remaining submerged the first minute, then milled across the river to boat docks within the sanctuary on the other side. There were two other animals within 50 yards of him near the docks, one also milling and one feeding. C.C.'s breaths were about 3-4 minutes apart.

       

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