About Joannie

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Joannie was rescued due to cold stress on 1/31/12 from San Carlos Creek in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.  She was 1000 lbs and 288 cm long at the time of her rescue and she was pregnant.  Joannie was transported to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to rehabilitate from the cold stress she had suffered.  On 7/13/12, she gave birth to a healthy male calf that was later named Lad.  Joannie and Lad were released on 10/16/12 into the Trout River.  At the time of their release, Joannie was 297 cm in length and weighed 1225 lbs  and  Lad was 154 cm in length and 145 lbs.

  1. 09/03/2013 01:37 PM
    • Joannie and calf were happily snoozing by themselves in a quiet area of Mosquito Lagoon when I found them for Graduation Day...  Both animals looked excellent with body scores easily 3+ with neck and pec rolls visible on both animals; I was not able to get good looks at the bellies due to water clarity.  Cutoff went smoothly with only one approach needed, with the actual belt cut being followed with approx. 30 seconds of excited back-and-forth squeaking between mom and calf.  Joannie has been an excellent mom during the time I’ve followed her, always choosing safe, calm, and resource rich areas for her and her calf to rest.  I have no doubt both mom and calf will continue to thrive.



  2. 06/29/2013 06:39 PM
    • On June 28, Joannie and her calf were observed slowly milling approximately ¼ mile from Turtle Mound in 3-6 feet of water. Joannie’s tag was floating properly and appeared in good shape. Both Joannie and her calf appeared to be well with no new scars immediately visible. The observation period was cut short due to thunderstorms moving into the area.

  3. 05/08/2013 10:19 PM
    • On May 7 Joannie (and  calf) were initially spotted heading west across the Banana river towards Merritt Island.  They then swam straight into a canal where they immediately began bottom resting with 15-20 other animals for the duration of the observation period.  The canal appeared to be a well known (and popular) spot with a high percentage of calves in attendance.

  4. 05/01/2013 10:10 PM
    • On April 30 Joannie and calf were initially observed slowly milling/traveling eastward, back in from the grass flats.  She stopped at the mouth of Snug harbor and began slowly milling about and feeding. After a while a determined juvenile animal began playing with her tag, causing Joannie to become rather annoyed and generally creating commotion.  She eventually evaded the other animal and resumed her slow milling and feeding.

  5. 04/25/2013 10:00 PM
    • On April 24, Joannie and her calf were observed sleeping soundly in one of their favorite spots off of the Bananna River with a few other animals, after being tracked in from the feeding grounds

  6. 04/18/2013 09:37 PM
    • On April 17 Joannie and calf were observed resting in the back of a small private lagoon.  About halfway through the observation a boat started, causing a slight kerfuffle as startled animals milled about momentarily.  Mom and calf settled down and continued bottom resting for the duration of the observation period. 

  7. 04/14/2013 09:51 PM
    • On April 12, Joanie and her calf were observed bottom resting at the end of a rarely used residential canal for the duration of the observation period.

  8. 04/02/2013 09:46 PM
    • On April 1 Joannie and calf were observed resting and slowly milling and feeding in a channel junction off of South Merritt Island with two other mom/calf pairs, with two other animals transiting the area during the observation period.

  9. 03/27/2013 09:32 PM
    • On March 26 Joannie and calf were stationary but not resting within the canal.  A tag exchange was completed with minimal disturbance to her, her calf or other manatees within the canal.

  10. 11/05/2012 09:42 PM
    • As of November 2, Joannie and Lad had moved to the Titusville area.

  11. 10/19/2012 08:47 PM
    • October 17:  Joannie’s tag movement indicated she had moved out of the Trout River.  The previous day, a citizen reported sighting a tagged manatee but did not see a calf with the tagged animal.  Due to the lack of a calf sighting and the quick tag movement, we wanted to get a visual to confirm that everything was ok.  Joannie's tag was located in the ICW, heading south. We were able to locate her and observe her southward movement with her calf close by her side.  They moved out of the navigable waterway when a boat went by and continued to travel south under docks.  Wish I had a video camera with me when they went under the dock because the calf was getting a free ride by hanging onto mom's back. Thought you all might enjoy that feel good moment as much as I did :)

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