About Wiley

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

Wiley was rescued due to a boat strike injury on January 17, 2012 from Willoughby Creek in Stuart, Martin County, Florida.  He was 249lbs and 203cm long at the time of his rescue.  Wiley was transported to Miami Seaquarium to rehabilitate from the injuries he sustained from the boat strike.  Wiley was released on December 4, 2012 into Willoughby Creek in Stuart, Florida.  He weighed 600lbs and was 225cm in length on the day of his release.

  1. 03/21/2013 06:11 PM
    • Wiley made it through the winter using secondary warm water sites. He’d returned to his release location during the beginning of winter, which is considered an excellent secondary warm water site.  He later traveled south into the Jupiter area and spent the last part of the winter in another good secondary warm water site. Our monitoring plan for Wiley was to keep an eye on him throughout the winter for adaquate warm water usage.  Since he did such a great job, plus had a good body condition, his equipment was removed on March 17.


  2. 03/18/2013 05:14 PM
    • On March 17,Wiley was skiddish and kept his distance during attempts to approach him for his tag removal.  Two passing paddle boarders distracted him long enough to cut through the webbing and remove his gear with Wiley then taking off for deeper water and the company of lots of other animals in the area.

  3. 03/13/2013 05:53 PM
    • On March 12 Wiley was traveling in a westerly direction, moving at a steady pace, throughout the observation. Due to his location, he could only be observed using binoculars.

  4. 03/05/2013 05:25 PM
    • On March 4 Wiley was moving back and forth between two locations in Jupiter. The day before he was observed eating, socializing, and traveling.

  5. 02/23/2013 06:40 PM
    • On February 22, Wiley was resting at the surface for most of the observation. He also socialized once with two other animals and fed three times.

  6. 02/23/2013 05:34 PM
    • On February 22 Wiley was seen resting at the surface for most of the observation period. He also socialized once with the two other animals and fed three times.

  7. 02/04/2013 08:07 PM
    • On February 3, Wiley was social throughout the observation with animals coming in and out of area the entire time. His tag and belt looked good.

  8. 01/25/2013 04:42 PM
    • Wiley was social throughout the January 24 observation with animals coming in and out of the area.

  9. 01/15/2013 10:39 PM
    • Wiley was traveling throughout the observation, moving at a steady pace in a southern direction. After he moved out of visual range the same beeps were heard via VHF indicating he was traveling at the same pace and in the same direction.

  10. 01/03/2013 10:31 PM
    • Wiley was resting on the surface and the bottom throughout the observation. All the while, manatees were coming and going into the area with Wiley socializing twice and feeding off a mangrove leaf that was floating on the surface.

  11. 12/26/2012 10:26 PM
    • Wiley was traveling the whole observation period, headed in a northerly direction towards the original release site. While traveling he would stop and look at the mangroves but no feeding was observed.


  12. 12/21/2012 07:40 PM
    • Good news: Wiley’s tag was exchanged today for a new one plus there was no crab trap entanglement in the old one, just a destroyed tag float ring.  Wiley was acting the same as during previous observations, swimming with his back down for the entire time.  He’s not the easiest to work with: after being in the water all day, on the last try I was finally able to do the tag exchange.

  13. 12/20/2012 07:26 PM
    • Today Wiley was finally located at the site of his release, sticking only the tip of his nose out of the water and never exposing his back or tail. He was observed bottom resting and travelling and, since his tracking equipment wasn’t seen, we suspect it might be entangled.

  14. 12/17/2012 02:30 PM
    • Wiley's behavior was observed right after his December 4 release. He remained in the immediate vicinity and was seen moving around the creek and socializing with other animals nearby.  He then settled down (again, in the immediate area of the release point) and began bottom resting.


  15. 12/12/2012 07:32 PM
    • On December 11, Wiley was moving for the whole morning so locating him was a bit challenging.  When found, he was seen milling around in the marina for the entire observation period.

  16. 12/12/2012 06:46 PM
    • Wiley was difficult to located on December 11: he was  moving the whole morning.  When finally located in the marina, he was observed milling for the entire time.



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