About Lawrence

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id: 110748

Lawrence was rescued underweight in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida on April 12,2021. He was 206 centimeters long and weighed 297 pounds at the time of his rescue. Lawrence was transported to Jacksonville Zoo for care. He was released on November 30, 2021, at Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County. He was 233 centimeters long and weighed 711 pounds. He will be monitored by Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.


  1. 01/12/2022 11:30 AM
    •  Lawrence was socializing with manatees in De Leon Springs when first spotted. He began bottom resting until more manatees came his way and he started socializing again. He milled around until he found other friends to say hi to and continued to rest and follow manatees all over the spring.

  2. 01/04/2022 09:00 AM
    •  Lawrence has been spending time in Lake Woodruff but moved to a nearby spring overnight with the cooler weather. He was resting just outside of the spring flow waterfall. He would react to avoid the few boats that came and went but would return to mill around the edge of the waterfall. He moved over to the far shore in a secluded spot to rest, but again was disturbed by some incoming boats and a seaplane that landed almost on top of him. He traveled further out towards the river and stayed there. About an hour after the visual was concluded he could still be seen further out possibly interacting with some other animals.

  3. 12/31/2021 11:00 AM
    •  Lawrence was traveling around in varying directions in lake Woodruff, at the beginning of the visual. He was especially sensitive to boat activity. He would be stationary a few times, then would travel again. He eventually made his way closer to the shoreline where he found a few manatees and immediately stopped and socialized with them for about 10 minutes. He settled down and rested with them for the remainder of the visual. At the end, two more manatees joined them

  4. 12/20/2021 10:15 PM
    • Since Lawrence’s last visual, he has stayed in Lake Dexter, which has ample food and is a manatee hotspot. Today he was socializing with a group of manatees. The group started cavorting then Lawrence followed one manatee around for a bit. He soon rejoined the cavorting group where manatee body parts were constantly out of the water. After being very active, he decided he was hungry and began to eat floating vegetation.


  5. 12/15/2021 11:15 AM
    • Lawrence was spotted coming out from underneath a floating vegetation mat in a creek that leads into Lake Dexter. He milled around, became interested in my boat for a short time, then traveled off. He found more vegetation nearby and started feeding. It was very exciting watching him eat floating vegetation! After his snack, he started traveling into Lake Dexter.


  6. 12/10/2021 11:15 AM
    •  Lawrence was bottom resting near the shoreline at De Leon Springs this afternoon. He had a pattern of bottom resting then milling around to a new spot to rest. He got closer and closer to the spring until he found some manatee friends to socialize with. He eventually started bottom resting then milling again and moved out into Spring Garden Lake. He slowly milled around open water then took the scenic route by the shoreline back to the spring. Gas was observed twice.



  7. 12/08/2021 09:30 AM
    • Since being released, Lawrence has made his way north to De Leon Springs. Today he was very active and socializing with other manatees the majority of the visual. He rested briefly but continued to socialize and cavort with his new manatee friends near the end of the spring run. Gas was observed on several occasions.

  8. 12/02/2021 11:30 AM
    •  Lawrence was socializing with manatees near the entrance of BSSP. Shortly after, he followed a few manatees out towards the Lagoon, milling alone near the shoreline. He continued to mill his way back to the spring until he began socializing. He bottom rested in a shallow area near others until he saw a mom and calf pair that caught his attention. He followed the pair interacting with them the entire way there. Some cavorting activities took place once another manatee joined them then he began following the mom and calf further.

  9. 11/30/2021 10:45 AM
    •  Lawrence had a big day today and was released at BSSP! As soon as he entered the water he started socializing with the many new friends around him.  He followed a few manatees out into the river but turned right back around and socialized more in the spring. He again started to follow a few other friends into the river and this time stayed out. He started to travel quickly and stuck close by the shoreline. He went on to mill around the same area then started traveling south in the river. 

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