About Bananatee

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 208681

Bananatee was rescued as an orphan calf in Indian Creek, Miami-Dade County, Florida on July 27, 2018. He was 109 centimeters long and weighed 42 pounds at the time of his rescue. He was transported to Miami Seaquarium for care. He was transferred to Columbus Zoo for continued care. He was released on February 3, 2021 at PEEC in Broward County. He was 245 centimeters long and weighed 745 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 02/23/2021 10:30 AM
    • Bananatee was initially stationary and then started swimming around the whole no entry zone at PEEC, seemingly looking for someone. He crossed paths with 3 different manatees throughout the visual, all of whom he followed briefly, and they continued traveling without him. At one point, he began following a large shark, and swam up behind it with speed. The shark spooked and tail came out of the water, then Bananatee reacted by flailing a bit and taking off traveling. He calmed down and went back to milling around, eventually meeting up with Plantaina. They stayed together for the rest of the visual, except when Bananatee briefly followed another manatee, then headed back to her.

  2. 02/16/2021 10:30 AM
    • Bananatee was sleeping for the beginning part of the visual in a narrow canal covered by mangroves at Port Everglades. He traveled out of the narrow canal and into a more open area where he milled around. A shark passed him at one point, and he turned and swam after it for a short while, then went back to milling. He would move to investigate any activity or sounds, like a fish jumping or a splash in the water. He ended up pretty close to Plantaina but did not go over to where she was.


  3. 02/11/2021 11:45 AM
    • Bananatee was milling around the mangrove area at Port Everglades and socializing with manatees that swam by him. He would follow them for a short distance, then continue milling around. He later began bottom resting. He was disturbed three times by something unknown in the water. Each time, he would abruptly swim quickly to a different spot, then continue to rest.


  4. 02/08/2021 12:15 PM
    • Bananatee was milling around the mangrove area at Port Everglades and also at times seemed to be following different manatees around. He would follow for a few minutes, then divert to another manatee or mill over to a new area. He later bottom rested and after 20 minutes, when another manatee passed, he followed it. He went back to resting at the end of the visual.


  5. 02/05/2021 09:30 AM
    • Bananatee was swimming up to all the manatees in the FPL canal and socializing with them. He took interest in one manatee and followed it into the canal, then later entered the nursery again. Towards the end of the visual, he bottom rested next to another manatee.

  6. 02/03/2021 11:30 AM
    • Upon release, Bananatee traveled slowly down the canal to the nursery. Once there, he mingled with the many manatees there and milled around investigating the area.



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