About Bananatee

Gender: Male
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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. 03/12/2021 10:00 AM
    • Bananatee still thought he was flying under the radar without his gear, but little did he know, I could still get a good visual on him. He socialized with every manatee in the area at PEEC, but most of them preferred to rest. He eventually gave up and began resting himself. After a relatively short nap, he was up and moving again, milling around the area and socializing with a new manatee who entered the area. He grabbed at some floating leaves and gobbled them down, then milled for the rest of the visual.

  2. 03/11/2021 01:30 PM
    • Bananatee was with a group of manatees socializing at PEEC, recognized by his freezebrands. At one point he had a small calf following him, suspected to be one of the two previously seen with Plantaina. He continued socializing for the remainder of the visual. He had lost all of his gear on Monday evening and a capture attempt has been arranged for tomorrow to reattach gear.

  3. 03/08/2021 11:30 AM
    • Bananatee was socializing with a group of manatees, including Plantaina at PEEC. Occasionally he would mill off on his own but would return to Plantaina and socialize/mill around with her. At one point, he traveled down to the other side of the no entry zone, then back. He went back to milling and socializing with anyone who wasn't sleeping.

  4. 03/05/2021 11:00 AM
    • Bananatee was in the narrow canal Plantaina and a small calf entered the area in PEEC. He immediately went over to them and began socializing. He later had the calf following him around briefly and got spooked when the capture boat came close. He took off traveling the other way and the calf broke away from him and moved back to Plantaina. He moved deep into the mangrove covered area at the end of the visual.

  5. 03/01/2021 10:45 AM
    • Bananatee was traveling at the beginning of the visual down the narrow branch off the no entry area at PEEC, covered with mangroves. He stopped to grab some floating leaves, though he seemed more interested in the dead ones than the few green ones there were. Plantaina suddenly passed by him, following a mom/calf pair. Bananatee began socializing with all of them. He followed the mom/calf around for the entire rest of the visual. The mom did show some interest in him as well. He had a body score of 3-.

  6. 02/26/2021 11:00 AM
    • Bananatee was following two adult manatees at PEEC and they all stopped when they crossed paths with Plantaina. They were socializing and then were stationary together on and off. Plantaina left the group and Bananatee and one of the other manatees began bottom resting. He rested for the remainder of the visual.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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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