About Hamilton

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

Hamilton was rescued as an orphaned calf on 2/21/10 from Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida. He was 171 cm long and weighed 205 lbs. He began recovery at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida. As of a health assessment on 1/13/12, he is now 233 cm long, and as of 8/04/11 he weighed 638 lbs. Hamilton will be released at Three Sisters Springs in February 2012.

  1. 03/09/2013 05:40 PM
    • On March 6 Hamilton stayed asleep until his belt was being slipped off after being cut, then milled away for a minute and continued to bottom-rest.  Photographs showed that he had a good body condition and a slightly rounded belly.

  2. 02/19/2013 05:37 PM
    • On February 18, Hamilton was seen traveling by himself in the Kings Bay area. He popped in the spring (where there were 50 or more animals including Krystal) and then back out again. He continued east down a canal and ended up in the sanctuary where he socialized and kept warm with 17 or more other animals.

  3. 01/25/2013 06:57 PM
    • On January 25, Hamilton was initially observed bottom resting in the middle the spring. Upon entering the water for an in-water health assessment he left the area and proceeded along the spring run, eventually leaving sight.


  4. 12/22/2012 10:14 PM
    • On December 21, Hamilton was observed bottom resting with a large group of animals in Idiots Delight for the duration of the observation period.


  5. 12/15/2012 07:58 PM
    • Yesterday Hamilton was initially observed traveling down the canal joining Gator Hole and Magnolia Spring. He continued down the run and settled in at Idiot’s Delight to bottom rest for the duration of the observation. His behavior was normal.

  6. 12/05/2012 04:12 PM
    • On November 29, Hamilton was located bottom resting just outside of Three Sisters.  Half of Hamilton's tag exchange was completed before he moved out of the area which stunted our efforts to complete the exchange.  He later traveled out of the canal system where his tag exchange was completed between feeding bouts.

  7. 12/04/2012 04:03 PM
    • On November 28, Hamilton was observed milling in Idiots Delight outside of Three Sisters before he proceeded to travel out of the canal system.


  8. 12/03/2012 04:02 PM
    • Hamilton was sighted by several individuals in Crystal River on 11/26/12 with a reported sunk or slightly submerged tag. A staff member of the Crystal River Refuge Office was able to clip on a safety tag the next day to help with tag exchange efforts that we completed later in the week.

  9. 07/06/2012 06:10 PM
    • As of July 5, there was no new information on Hamilton.


  10. 03/31/2012 10:20 PM
    • As of March 31 Hamilton was not heard via VHF (belt or tag) or sonic (belt or tag).  We listened in several locations along the coast, offshore, in the Suwannee River and its tributaries, and several residential canals.
  11. 03/06/2012 07:03 PM
    • On March 6, our volunteers were able to successfully switch Hamilton’s tag so he is now back on-line and signaling his locations. 
  12. 02/24/2012 12:32 AM
    • Hamilton was located in Three Sister’s Spring at the edge of the sanctuary, bottom resting, briefly milling and moving slightly, and then resuming resting.  Several other manatees were also in the area.
      On Feb 20 Hamilton was observed in Kings Bay. He had previously been at the mouth of Crystal River but returned to Kings Bay, coinciding with the cool front that came through Sunday night and Monday.  He was milling and feeling. Several other manatees were in the area, also milling and feeding.  At the end of the observation period, he was feeding and milling in one of the areas sanctuaries.
      On Feb 23 Hamilton was located in Three Sister’s Spring bottom resting, briefly milling and moving slightly, and then resuming resting.  Several other manatees were also in the area.
      On Feb 24  Hamilton’s tag was recovered at Three Sisters Spring. 
  13. 02/18/2012 12:30 AM
    • Hamilton was found in Kings Bay near Banana Island. After observing him for a few minutes he entered the sanctuary where he remained for the remainder of the time.

Data map is currently not present for Hamilton.