About Irma

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Irma was rescued as an orphan calf in Julington Creek, St. Johns County, Florida on August 29, 2017. She was 128 centimeters long and weighed 80 pounds at the time of her rescue. Irma was transported to Sea World of Orlando for care and transferred to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for continued rehabilitation. She was released on February 15, 2021 at Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County. She was 256 centimeters in length and weighed 1049 pounds. She will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

  1. 06/09/2021 10:00 AM
    •  Irma and Amelia were near Bule Spring State Park feeding on floating vegetation that was gathering by the boom set in place for the current restoration project. They greeted a manatee who entered the spring then went back to feeding. They later met up with two other manatees at the entrance to the spring. They then moved down to the docks. Irma had a significant amount of gas at this time.

  2. 06/04/2021 09:30 AM
    • Irma was socializing with another manatee and Amelia in Lake Beresford at the beginning of the visual. Once the two girls settled down and started resting, the third manatee left. Irma had a lot of gas several times. They continued resting for the majority of the visual and at the end, milled around a bit.

  3. 05/24/2021 11:00 AM
    •  Amelia and Irma were milling in Lake Beresford for a majority of the visual, and likely feeding on algae on logs. Their behavior and movements were the same as when they are in the spring feeding on algae, and there were submerged logs in their location today. At the end of the visual, they settled down near a patch of spatterdock and were stationary.


  4. 05/18/2021 10:15 AM
    • Irma was feeding with Amelia, tag-less since she had ditched her tag again the night before. She was retagged while almost upside down, engrossed in cleaning the algae off a log. She moved over to the swim platform where she began combing algae off the stairs. They eventually traveled out of the swim area and ended up stopping again near the Thursby house at another algae-covered log.


  5. 05/10/2021 10:00 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were by the canoe beach and were feeding on duckweed and pennywort. They later moved into clearer water and began feeding on algae. They socialized with several manatees who entered the spring, then eventually moved out of the spring towards the lagoon.


  6. 05/06/2021 11:00 AM
    •  Amelia and Irma had made their way into the spring this morning and were feeding on algae off of logs. Swimmers were gathering near them and were asked to keep their distance and not interact with them. People listened for the most part, but eventually the girls moved out of the swim area and continued their feeding activity with a little more privacy. They ate for the remainder of the visual. 

  7. 04/30/2021 12:15 PM
    •  Amelia was with Irma and another manatee in a quiet part of the dead river, and they were all socializing together. It seemed like maybe they were playing a game of chase. They milled around after the third manatee went off somewhere and then settled down and began bottom resting. They later woke up and milled a bit, then went back to resting for the remainder of the visual.

  8. 04/20/2021 10:45 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were resting quietly at the boil. Due to the heavy rain, they had the spring to themselves for a while. A little later, some swimmers and paddlers entered the area, and the girls woke up and immediately left the boil. They moved down the run a bit and began feeding on algae off logs. Another group of noisy people came close to them, and they moved again to avoid them. They milled around at the end of the visual.


  9. 04/16/2021 09:15 AM
    • Irma was with Amelia in the spring and they were traveling from place to place feeding on algae on the bottom and on logs. They continued moving up the run as the visual went on, still snacking on algae as they went. They stopped to nibble on some pennywort near diver's entry, moved up to the boil, then began moving out of the spring. They traveled into the river at the end of the visual.

  10. 04/08/2021 12:15 PM
    • Amelia and Irma were resting with an adult male at the boil in Blue Spring. There were swimmers all around them splashing and creating chaos and they just continued resting through it all. They later made their way slowly down the run and each socialized with their male companion the entire time. At one point, it escalated to cavorting and tails were coming out of the water. They eventually stopped near the bank opposite from the 2nd outlook (much quieter) and went back to resting for the remainder of the visual, male still in tow. 

  11. 04/06/2021 02:30 PM
    • Irma tried to ditch her tag by lodging it up against an underwater tree branch.  She did such a fine job of it, the nosecone pulled out of the canister.  Many thanks to the Blue Spring Manatee Observer that witnessed the event and recovered the gear so quickly.  Park Specialist was kind enough to be the spotter for the nosecone to tag exchange event.  Both Irma and Amelia were attentively sticking close to a much large female but once the swimmer entered the area, the other manatee moved off.  Irma was very cooperative but not attentive to the swimmer.  After the tag exchange was completed, she moved off with her best buddy Amelia by her side to begin resting up near the north shore.  

  12. 03/30/2021 11:30 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were stationary for the beginning of the visual. Another manatee began playing with Irma's tag and then started socializing with the girls. Things escalated to cavorting. Another manatee joined the group and they all socialized, occasionally cavorting again. At the end of the visual, they were stationary.

  13. 03/25/2021 12:00 PM
    • Irma was with Amelia in a quiet bend off the river, stationary with a few other manatees were resting nearby. They milled on and off around in the vegetation. After a few minutes, a group of rowdy manatees swam into the area and Amelia and Irma milled in their direction, then were stationary again for the rest of the visual.

  14. 03/22/2021 11:30 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were traveling south along the side of the river. Shortly after the visual started, they stopped and began bottom resting, taking breaths every 8-10 minutes. A boat passed by illegally on a plane which created a huge wake. They woke up and began traveling again for the remainder of the visual. 

  15. 03/18/2021 09:30 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were at the boil, stationary. They began milling around the shoreline of the boil, and Irma attempted to nurse off of Amelia for a few minutes. They later traveled down the run and milled around the dive platform. They then moved down to the swim platform where Irma attempted nursing again. After, Irma began combing mostly dead leaves (with some green ones and duckweed mixed in) off the surface. She also had some gas once during this time. They were stationary at the end of the visual.

  16. 03/16/2021 12:30 PM
    • Irma and Amelia were milling around the boats and docks in the river at Blue Spring and later began traveling towards the lagoon. A few kayakers disrupted their traveling and they ducked under. They resurfaced a short distance away and ended up ducking again as a boat passed. They eventually made their way back to the spring where they moved slowly up the run, followed by a juvenile, milling along the side. They both settled down and Irma appeared to be attempting to nurse off of Amelia. This didn't last too long as Amelia moved forward a bit and they then bottom rested for the remainder of the observation.

  17. 03/13/2021 11:30 AM
    • Amelia and Irma were traveling from the boil at Blue Spring State Park towards the river. Once near the buoy line, they checked out a few of the manatees resting near shore and then turned and went back to the boil. They left the boil again made their way to the dive platform, where they explored the stairs a bit. Then, they were mostly stationary but did mill a bit every so often.

  18. 03/04/2021 12:45 PM
    • Irma was socializing in the vegetation with another manatee in the north part of a lake off the St. Johns River. They milled around together, moving south around some docks and boats. They later parted ways and Irma traveled back into the vegetation, back to the boats, then back to the vegetation again. She milled around, then was stationary at the end of the visual. She wasn't far from Amelia but they didn't meet up during the visual.

  19. 03/01/2021 11:15 AM
    • Irma and Amelia were alone in the east part of a lake, off the St. Johns River, near the shoreline and they were alternating between milling and traveling. At the end of the visual, they were stationary for a few minutes then began traveling west slowly.

  20. 02/24/2021 10:30 AM
    • Irma was with Amelia and Hermey in the north part of a lake off the St. Johns River. Another manatee joined their group and they socialized with it briefly, but the manatee continued on and the girls began traveling the opposite way. Hermey met back up with them and they all traveled together for a bit, then were stationary. Later on, the girls left Hermey behind while he was preoccupied and traveled east in the north part of the lake together. They explored near a large, docked boat, then continued towards the vegetation.


  21. 02/22/2021 10:30 AM
    • Irma was traveling in a lake off the St. Johns River, with Ameila and a large adult began cavorting with both of them. They later traveled again while the adult followed behind. Later, Irma was the one being chased by the adult more so than Ameila and she continued to dodge its advances. They all resumed traveling at the end of the visual.

  22. 02/15/2021 12:45 PM
    • Irma was side by side with Ameila in the lake, traveling. They moved south and later, east, staying stationary a few times. 

  23. 02/15/2021 12:45 PM
    • Irma was released at the same time as Amelia at Blue Spring. They milled around the spring entrance together after release.

Data map is currently not present for Irma.