About Tippecanoe

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

Tippecanoe was rescued as an orphaned cold stressed calf on 3/6/10 out of Tippecanoe Bay, Port Charlotte, Florida. He was 208cm long and weighed 309 lbs at the time. He was brought to Tampa's Lowry Park to begin rehabilitation and was later transferred to Columbus Zoo and then finally to Miami Seaquarium.  As of 1/30/12 Tippecanoe is now 256 cm long and weighs over 780 lbs. He was released on 2/7/12 into Myakka River, Charlotte County.

  1. 03/04/2014 03:05 PM
    • Tippy was found feeding in Pansy Bayou with 8 other animals.  He still looks good after his in-water body condition assessment in early February, so his equipment was removed at 1628 and we consider him a success.  He reacted to the belt being removed but joined the other animals again and went back to feeding.  Thank you to the crew of Animal Outtakes for being great spotters! 

  2. 02/02/2014 12:10 PM
    • Tippecanoe was observed in the Orange River, 1/3 mile south of the Caloosahatchee River, at the entrance to a small canal on the west bank.  He socialized within a large group of at least 50 other animals, some of whom were socializing and some were surface-resting.  I got an in-water body condition on him and saw that he didn't show evidence of cold stress.  His belly felt flat to slightly rounded with no folds or loose skin. 

  3. 01/25/2014 11:00 AM
    • He was socializing with 30-35 manatees just around the corner from mile marker 11 in the Orange River. At one point he encountered a fishing boat that was floating (no motor running at the time) which caused him to quickly change direction and move closer into the shallow area by the mangroves, where he then rested for about 20 minutes.  He also was attempting to socialize with a small calf and the very large mother manatee swam between them and Tippy went one way and mother and calf the opposite direction. 

  4. 01/22/2014 02:15 PM
    • Tippy was at the mouth of the run at Manatee Park, socializing with about 22 other animals including calves.  He then traveled into the run and began socializing. 

  5. 01/18/2014 10:00 AM
    • Tippecanoe was located at the outflow of Manatee Park.  He was cavorting with at least 5 adult animals for approximately 2 hours.  Lots of animals at the park today. 

  6. 01/17/2014 11:45 AM
    • Tippy was staying in the same general area with several other manatee resting in the warm water outflow at Manatee Park.  The park volunteers estimated 150+ manatees in the park today. 

  7. 01/11/2014 01:20 PM
    •  Tippy socialized within the large group in the cove in the Orange River northwest of Orange Harbor park and then milled along the bank in the mangroves.  The group of at least 30 included Woodstock.  

  8. 01/10/2014 03:30 PM
    • He bottom-rested at the corner of a mangrove with 3 other animals in the Orange River west of Manatee Park.

  9. 01/05/2014 03:30 PM
    • Tippecanoe’s tag stopped working on 1/02/14, so after searching the Pansy Bayou area and then extending the search to Longboat Key, we were very fortunate to receive a report today of a tagged manatee in Lemon Bay from Sunshine and Jeremy Reardon relayed to us from FWC.  We were able to exchange the tag for a working one while Tippy socialized with 10 other animals in a passive warm-water site.  This was a big relief as he had lost his tag the previous year and we were unable to monitor him last winter and ensure his safety.  Fortunately he is continuing to head south with a functioning tag.  A big thank you to Sunshine, Jeremy, their neighbors, and all the folks at Alameda Isles for their help in making this happen! 

  10. 12/26/2013 02:15 AM
    • Tippy was in the north corner of Pansy Bayou with 3 other animals.  While the other animals were very focused on feeding, our boy was feeding and pestering the other animals all at the same time.  He did do some good feeding for short periods of time though.  When other animals moved to a different area to bottom-rest, Tippy followed. 

  11. 12/18/2013 11:10 AM
    • At the end of Lido Canal in Sarasota Bay with 2 other animals almost identical in size to him.  Lots of socializing and pestering.  He seems to be very boat sensitive.  A boat pulled out from a dock and from that point on he rested, milled, and socialized from below the surface. 

  12. 12/11/2013 10:15 AM
    • He was observed bottom-resting with 2 other animals in Pansy Bayou when a boat passed by at quite a distance that caused him to startle.  He milled and socialized for a short time in the central of the bayou and then traveled into the canal where the boat came from.  Seems Tippecanoe is very leery of boats but curious, going over to check out birds, fish splashes, and whatever else he notices. 

  13. 12/04/2013 11:30 AM
    • Tippy socialized more or less the entire visual.  May have been feeding slightly.  Ten other animals were feeding around him.  If he was feeding, it was very unfocused.  His focus was pestering, following and making sure he was always near the other animals.  Made a concerted effort to stay near a very large female and her calf. Very active and curious. 

  14. 11/25/2013 11:29 AM
    • Tippecanoe milled, socialized, and was able to be re-tagged as he settled down to feed in Pansy Bayou with 6 other animals. 

  15. 11/22/2013 10:10 AM
    • This morning Tippecanoe was located via belt back in Pansy Bayou again, with 8 other animals.  Winds were very high.  He socialized, milled, and scurried away from Melody during attempts to re-tag him. 

  16. 11/21/2013 09:45 AM
    • Tippecanoe’s tag was recovered this morning on the west side of the City Island grass flats in Sarasota Bay just outside of Pansy Bayou. 

  17. 11/13/2013 09:40 AM
    • Tippy socialized in Pansy Bayou more or less the entire visual.  Borderline cavorting, with 4 other animals.  May have been feeding since I observed him throwing his head up on several occasions but never saw vegetation in his mouth.  Head throwing occured while socializing and cavorting so I could not confirm if he was. Very active and curious. 

  18. 10/30/2013 02:05 PM
    • Ever since he was re-tagged, Tippy has still been hanging out in the Pansy Bayou area.  During this visual he was still surrounded by friends, and there was another cavorting group which he and a few others alternated between joining in for a little while and then milling off by themselves.  They socialized, then milled down the canal south of the bayou. 

  19. 10/16/2013 12:38 PM
    • Staff at Mote Marine Lab observed Tippecanoe in Pansy Bayou again today and then out on City Island. 

  20. 10/13/2013 09:28 AM
    • On Thursday, 10/10/13, staff at Mote contacted us when they sighted a belted manatee during photo ID work in Pansy Bayou, Sarasota.  We responded with a sonic search of the area on 10/12/13, and since there are several MIA belted animals whose sonic batteries may not be working by this time, we also put a spotter plane in the air.  Tippecanoe was located in Pansy Bayou in a cavorting group with about 50 other animals, but after multiple attempts to re-tag him he left the area by 11:45 a.m.  He was re-tagged the following morning in Pansy Bayou with much appreciated spotter help from Allison at Mote.  We are very happy to have Tippecanoe back online considering his last sighting was on 8/23/12 and we do not know where he spent last winter.

  21. 08/25/2012 07:48 PM
    • On August 23 we received calls from both FWC and Mote Marine.  Tippy had been photographed socializing with other animals. 

  22. 07/06/2012 06:14 PM
    • As of July 5, there was no new information on Tippy.
  23. 05/24/2012 09:37 PM
    • On May 24, in an effort to relocate Tippecanoe and Shorty, we tried one of our old techniques of putting out press releases asking the public to call in sightings.  The press releases went out in the morning and some  immediate good responses.  We’ve had a phone interview with the Sarasota Herald Tribune and tomorrow a Sea to Shore field tracker will meet with Tampa's ABC news to do a video interview about Tippy.  Fox 4 in Naples said they will follow up with another Sea to Shore tracker on Saturday.
      Fingers crossed the MIA kids will show up.

  24. 03/14/2012 05:25 PM
    • Tippy lost his tag during the week of March 11. It was recovered on March 13 near Punta Gorda. It had broken at the weak link. 
  25. 03/02/2012 03:47 PM
    • On March 1, Tippy was in the Slough socializing w/ a mom and calf.  He is very active, curious and at points I believe "pestering" the other animal.  He covers a lot of miles of water daily and seems to be very excited to be in the wild.  He was mouthing dock posts, rope and boat hulls.  I was suspecting that he's eating algae but I think also exploring.  We are now calling him "Zippy Tippy".
  26. 02/28/2012 03:45 PM
    • On February 27 an attempt was made to get a visual on Tippy in the River several times.  Just as I was able to get close to the tag, he would travel around a bend.  A boat or kayak was very much needed to obtain a more accurate visual and preparations will be made to have an appropriate vessel for next weekend. Tippy has been down to Charlotte Harbor, up the Big Slough and is currently very far up the Myakka River.  He is a TRAVELER!

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