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Homey was rescued from Old Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County, Florida, on 2/01/11, because of cold stress. He was 290 lbs and 188 cm long. He has been rehabilitating at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, and as of a report on 1/11/12, is now 645 lbs and 230 cm long. He will be released in Apollo Beach in Tampa on Tuesday, 1/17/12.
04/04/2012 10:16 PM
03/13/2012 11:52 PM
I attempted to track Homey on Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12 (approx. 1000hours). On Sunday I was receiving a signal in Boca Ciega Bay from John’s Pass but because of choppy open water, I could not get a visual from land. Based on intermittent signal, it was speculated that he was travelling.
I went out again later on Monday morning but could not get a strong enough signal to localize him (only got a few intermittent beeps).
03/09/2012 08:13 PM
As of March 8 Homey has traveled all around Tampa Bay, has been seen feeding and socializing on a regular basis and he even went to Bartow Plant during a cold front. Thus we plan to cut off his gear soon since he was suppose to be a short term monitored animal to make sure he had the warm water/go out to feed routine down during winter. Homey did all the things we like to see :)
03/05/2012 07:05 PM
There was a Homey sighting on March 5. MMPL received a call from local restaurant staff about a tagged manatee that might be having issues. The manatee was moving around the entire time I was there. At one point it seemed to be surface swimming with the tag floating along behind it. The citizens were concerned that it could not submerge with the tag attached. I explained that because it was a warm sunny day and the water was still cold, the manatee was likely surface resting and surface swimming to enjoy the sun. I saw no evidence that the manatee could not submerge as it was under the surface for most of the time I was there. The manatee eventually swam out of sight of the docks and I could no longer see it. I answered the citizens’ questions about manatees and explained that it was ok that it was by itself and that the tag appeared to be floating properly and was a proper manatee tag most likely put on by the Manatee Rehab Partnership. I explained what to look for if the manatee was in distress and mentioned cold stress. The citizens did indicate that the manatee appeared to have a white face. I told them to feel free to call the dispatch number if they see anything they are worried about.
03/03/2012 07:45 PM
On March 3, Homey was observed bottom resting in a mangrove lined portion of a residential canal. He moved slightly when a kayaker passed by, and then changed locations a second time (was not disturbed by anything apparent) and resumed bottom resting. After approx. 75 min he began travelling south. From watching him pass under a bridge as well as some surfacings I was able to determine NO white observed around nostrils (as previously seen following some cool weather) but a thorough body condition assessment could not be done.
02/28/2012 12:27 AM
On February 28, Homey remained in the same relatively small area with several other manatees. He was far enough away from shore that even with binoculars, it was difficult to be certain his exact activity. Based on surface patterns, head-lifting, and similar observations from the other nearby manatees, best guess was that he was feeding.
02/24/2012 12:38 AM
On Feb 23, Homey was in the middle of Rivera Bay. Later that day, although I did not see the tag, I could identify the general area he was in.
On Feb 24 Homey was initially observed with other manatees but slowly moved out of main canal (with 1 other manatee), eventually turning into a mangrove lined canal. He slowly milled and rested briefly along the mangrove edge, eventually moving out of sight.
02/17/2012 12:37 AM
Homey did not go to a traditional warm water source over the weekend when temperatures dropped and instead went into a small creek on west side of Pinellas County near Lake Seminole. Although he was tracked in the area on Monday evening, we could not pick up his signal. On Monday afternoon he left Cross Bayou and ARGOS plotted him on Tues off the downtown St Pete area. On Wed 2/15, he had traveled over towards the Progress Energy Weedon Island Bartow Powerplant area. On Wed afternoon, the FWC Law Enforcement took me out to track him and he was observed in the no-entry discharge area with about 15 other manatees, milling and resting. During one close surfacing I noted a small bit of white around the rim of his nostrils indicating VERY minor cold stress symptoms, but his snout, body, and tail showed no signs of cold stress. He spent Thurs also in the discharge area and as of Fri 2/17, he is back in the Rivera Bay area (where he had been prior to the cold front last weekend).
02/08/2012 12:35 AM
Homey travelled from the Rocky Point area overnight on Monday and was observed on Tues 2/7 on the side of Gandy Blvd Cswy milling and feeding (Halodule based on what was in area) with several other manatees nearby. Thank you to the FWC officer who took me out on his vessel!
On Wed 2/8 Homey was observed in the residential canals off Riviera Bay (near Weedon Island, St Pete) with 4 other manatees, resting and milling. He briefly drank from a water sprinkler going into the canal from a resident’s yard.
01/24/2012 12:34 AM
On Wednesday, 1/18/12, Homey was observed off Apollo Beach Park. He milled briefly but spent the majority of the observation period bottom-resting in deeper water. Many other manatees were in the area (at least 17, perhaps as many as 25, in the small cove, and 20-40 others in the middle of the canal outside the cove). Other manatees nuzzled Homey and his tag when he surfaced to breathe. He was surfacing at five-minute intervals. Water temperature there close to shore (in 2-3 ft. water) was 26.5C. By Thursday morning, 1/19/12, Homey was in the TECO discharge canal, and the Manatee Viewing Center volunteers are keeping an eye on him.
On Tuesday morning, 1/24/12, Homey was observed in the TECO discharge canal--yay!
Data map is currently not present for Homey.