About Krystal

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Krystal was rescued on 12/08/09 from Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida, as an orphaned calf. She weighed 198 lbs and was 183 cm long at the time. She was rehabilitated at Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida, and has also stayed at Homosassa Springs State Park. As of 11/07/11 she has grown to 620 lbs and 227 cm long. Krystal will be released at Three Sisters Springs in February 2012.

  1. 05/31/2013 02:49 PM
    • On May 30, we found Krystal in the same area as the day before, traveling, socializing, and feeding in a group. Monica was able to cut her equipment off as she fed on thalassia and syringonium.

  2. 05/30/2013 02:44 PM
    • On May 29, Krystal was not as difficult to find as she sometimes had been of late. She was located milling in a group and Monica was able to clip a VHF tag and an additional tether onto Krystal’s tether. We thought that would help locate her in the deep spots she tends to frequent. We waited through a storm and continued attempts to remove her equipment in the calm that followed, but during all other approaches by Monica and Melody she traveled away. Throughout the afternoon when she wasn’t avoiding us she fed with the rest of the group on thalassia and syringonium.

  3. 05/27/2013 08:50 PM
    • On May 26, Krystal socialized with three others and began to settle down to sleep in the same intersection of creeks just north of the mouth of the Suwannee where she was found in on May 17. Unfortunately these conditions still did not make her approachable and she dove into deep spots in the creek at each attempt to remove her equipment. After a while she began to travel west down the creek and out of the area.

  4. 05/22/2013 08:38 PM
    • On May 21, Krystal fed on thalassia with a group, stopping to turn toward Monica during most of the approaches she attempted, but was evasive.

  5. 05/18/2013 08:35 PM
    • On May 17, Krystal was staying still on the bottom of a creek when we arrived. Zack spent several hours trying to approach her but she traveled away each time and socialized for brief periods with two other animals in the area.

  6. 05/16/2013 07:29 PM
    • On May 15, Krystal was feeding with one other manatee when located.  The other manatee began to circle our boat while Krystal followed behind.  Zack got in the water to attempt to remove the equipment but Krystal circled under him and then began to follow the other manatee again.  Due to the wind picking up speed, wave formations reaching two feet and since we were 3.5 miles offshore, we called it a day

  7. 04/22/2013 09:45 PM
    • On April 21, Krystal’s body condition could be described as good. I attempted to cut off the tag but Krystal was evasive, traveling out to the bridge, then around Buzzard Island, then out to the channel.

  8. 04/22/2013 03:29 PM
    • On April 21 Krystal’s body condition according to in-water observations could be described Good. An attempt was made to cut off her tag but Krystal was evasive, traveling out to the bridge, then around Buzzard Island, then out to the channel.

  9. 04/14/2013 09:45 PM
    • On April 13 Krystal was seen travelling around the area with the group, all raising their heads high above the chop to take breaths in the somewhat windy conditions.

  10. 03/21/2013 06:08 PM
    • As of March 21 we’re still working on getting a body condition on Krystal before we consider removal of her gear.  Based on what she looked like a month ago, we anticipate she will have her tag off soon and will be considered a success.

  11. 03/06/2013 05:28 PM
    • On March 5 Krystal was observed socializing and participating in a partially-beached cavorting group with no easily identifiable focal animal for over an hour, at which point she moved away from the main group and began socializing with a larger animal that appeared to be keenly interested in her. Shortly after she began traveling westerly, leaving the preserve area and feeding on whatever small bits of vegetation she could find. I approached her in-water to get final body condition pictures in order to cut her loose, but poor water clarity due to high winds prevented documentation and therefore removal of equipment.


  12. 02/19/2013 05:42 PM
    • On February 18, Krystal was observed interacting calmly with animals in Magnolia Spring for the entire visual.

  13. 01/28/2013 10:30 PM
    • On December 27, Krystal was observed hanging out and socializing with swimmers, much to the chagrin of the dive boat operators.  She was continuously approaching people in the water and even going so far as to follow them when they swam away to find other animals.  She only stopped when the last of the swimmers left the area, at which point she was observed bottom resting for the rest of the observation period. Krystal appears happy, healthy and well.

  14. 12/23/2012 10:16 PM
    • On December 22, Krystal was observed being her normal social self, socializing with both other animals AND swimmers, getting them in trouble for playing with a tagged animal. She got bored about halfway through the observation and settled in for a nap in the back of the preserve.


  15. 12/14/2012 08:04 PM
    • On December 14, Krystal was initially observed bottom resting at Magnolia Spring.  Forty minutes into the observation she began slowly traveling toward Gator Hole via Rear Canal.  Her behavior was normal but visual contact was lost when she rounded the corner.

  16. 12/07/2012 04:07 PM
    • On November 29, Krystal was observed milling in an area located outside of Three Sisters.  She began to bottom rest within the sanctuary boundary.  A longer observation on her was not accomplished due to the efforts to complete Hamilton's tag exchange.

  17. 11/22/2012 02:57 PM
    • On November 21, Krystal was observed both bottom resting and socializing with animals traveling in and out of Kings Bay via Crystal River.

  18. 11/16/2012 02:56 PM
    • On November 15, Krystal was very sociable, approaching Zack as soon as he got in the water.  She looked great!

  19. 11/05/2012 09:34 PM
    • On November 1, Krystal was sighted by Crystal River Progress Energy Plant personnel.  There wasn't much behavior information provided but staff seemed very excited to have one of our tagged animals back in their system this year.

  20. 09/13/2012 07:42 PM
    • Krystal continues to be associated with a small herd of medium to large adults and seems to spend a large amount of time cavorting and socializing with the other animals.

  21. 08/24/2012 05:21 PM
    • On August 24 Krystal was observed socializing and traveling with at least three animals off Horseshoe Beach, one of which has been observed with her on previous occasions.  She’s doing great!!

  22. 08/16/2012 05:17 PM
    •  On August 15 Krystal’s tag was successfully replaced off of Horseshoe Beach. She was with 5 to 6 other animals.  An in-water body assessment was attempted unsuccessfully due to poor visibility.


  23. 07/07/2012 06:12 PM
    • On July 6 Krystal was observed actively socializing with two other animals for the duration of the observation period.  An in-water assessment was aborted due to poor visibility.
  24. 06/21/2012 07:28 PM
    • On June 20 during the observation period, Krystal spent most of her time resting off a very nice island.


  25. 06/13/2012 07:20 PM
    • On June 12, Krystal spent most of her time traveling during the observation period.


  26. 06/07/2012 09:27 PM
    • On May 23, Krystal was bottom resting on approach with occasional milling about.  At 1157 hours she noticed me and began travelling across Horseshoe Bay and at 1211 hours she ceased travel and bottom rested for the remainder of the observation period.

  27. 06/07/2012 08:41 PM
    • On May 11 Krystal was traveling when first spotted and then settled in to rest.

  28. 04/28/2012 06:25 PM
    • On April 27 Krystal was found bottom resting in approximately 5 feet of water and continued resting for 45 minutes.  She then began moving slowly around the bottom as if feeding, but I was unable to verify that visually.
  29. 04/20/2012 12:40 PM
    • On April 20 Krystal was seen bottom resting approximately .5 miles off of Little Pine Island when first observed. She began slowly traveling east upon arrival, most likely due to the proximity of the boat. She eventually settled down and continued bottom resting off Little Pine Island for the remainder of the observation period.
  30. 04/12/2012 11:55 AM
    • On April 10 Krystal was observed bottom resting during the duration of the observation with normal respiration rates.  The observation was cut short due to the boat driver’s time limitations.
  31. 03/31/2012 10:22 PM
    • On March 30, Krystal was initially observed milling a few hundred meters off the shore with 2 other manatees. The group was briefly feeding (it was assumed Krystal was one of the feeding manatees but because all 3 were very close together and the water was not clear, it was difficult to confirm Krystal was also feeding).  Krystal then began travelling steadily south. It was difficult to keep track of her and she was often out of view once she was travelling south.
  32. 03/21/2012 02:47 PM
    • On March 21 Krystal was milling around with one animal and then, after about 20 minutes, they began to travel southwest with Krystal following the other animal.  I'm out of practice trying to  track and kayak at the same time, so didn't get a full 90 minute visual.  Yup, the manatees ditched me :(
  33. 03/15/2012 11:55 PM
    • On March 14, Krystal was located in a tidal creek north of the mouth of Suwannee River. Although the creek was shallow, she was milling and resting in a deeper hole. She eventually began slowly travelling towards the mouth of the creek and the open water.  The water was very murky and could not observe her body condition even though she approached the boat. No white was observed on her face.
  34. 02/23/2012 12:42 AM
    • On Feb 20 Krystal had been further down the river but returned to Kings Bay area and was sighted  moving into Kings Bay area, socializing with at least 3 other manatees and moving quickly with them (sometimes she appeared to be pursuing them; sometimes they appeared to be pursing her).  We lost her after 20 min.
      On Feb 23 Tom and Kim were tracking in Crystal River. They looked for Krystal in the river at the beginning and then again at the end of their tracking day.  When they returned home at the end of the day, they looked her up on ARGOS and saw that she had moved towards the FPL discharge canal.  Apparently although they tracked in the gulf near the mouth of the river, it was too rough for them to venture very far offshore, and she was likely too far away to pick up the signal.
  35. 02/18/2012 12:41 AM
    • Krystal was first observed in the main canal across from the entrance to Magnolia Springs. He was resting on the bottom and then began to feed from the seawall before resting on the bottom for a second time. He then began moving up and down the seawall before crossing the canal and entering Magnolia Springs, where he moved up and down the seawall for a short period of time and then recrossed the canal from Magnolia Springs to the seawall location.

Data map is currently not present for Krystal.