About Epac

Gender: Male
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Epac was rescued from Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida, on January 21, 2011 due to cold exposure.  He was 385lbs and 213cm (6ft) long at the time of his rescue.  Epac was transported to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to rehabilitate from his initial cold stress condition and was then moved to South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium for preparation for release.  Epac was released on January 23, 2013 at Tampa Electric Company (TECO) in Apollo Beach, Florida.  He weighed 820lbs and was 254cm (8ft) in length on the day of his release.

  1. 02/13/2014 03:05 PM
    • This was another crowded afternoon at TECO.  Epac socialized directly in front of the viewing platform, then milled a little further west down the canal near the back wall.  I was able to get an in-water body condition assessment on him this time, and he had a slightly rounded belly with no folds and no signs of cold stress.  His equipment was removed and he was deemed a successful graduate of the program. 

  2. 02/08/2014 10:45 AM
    • After Epac was sighted at TECO this past Sunday morning by photo-ID staff from Mote, I was glad to see that he returned for this weekend's sort-of half a cold front.  He was surface-resting and then socializing in the large group there and I was able to re-tag him near the north wall.  I was able to get about half of an in-water body condition assessment done, feeling about half of the area of his belly, before he quickly traveled out of the area in response to that.  Since Epac was originally planned to be a short-term tagged animal and he has now shown up at TECO for his second winter, he should be ready to have his equipment removed once we are able to confirm he looks good. 

  3. 03/24/2013 09:53 PM
    • On March 22, Epac socialized near the outflow, then became involved in what appeared to be a mating herd for about 20 minutes before socializing again. 

  4. 03/21/2013 06:00 PM
    • Unfortunately Epac's tag was recovered this week just north of TECO in Tampa Bay.  The tether had been cut in half, assuming due to a boat encounter.  He has not yet been relocated.  The good news is that he did go back to TECO during the last two cold fronts.

  5. 03/02/2013 09:18 PM
    • On March 1, Epac was cavorting, rolling and spy hopping with two other animals the majority of the visual. He’d travel over to other animals that were resting and try to rouse them to come socialize. He was full of energy and, at this point, the relocation appears to have been a success.


  6. 02/18/2013 06:30 PM
    • On February 17 Epac was observed milling up the river at a very slow pace with a kayaker nearby. We were able to approach and capture him at 1241 hrs for his successful transport to the TECO warm water site.

  7. 02/09/2013 06:18 PM
    • On February 8 Epac was observed milling up the river at a very slow pace. He seemed to be winding down to sleep. A Mote Marine boat approached after receiving a report of him in the river. He spent the rest of the visual avoiding the boat but without panic.


  8. 02/06/2013 09:18 PM
    • Epac began his move south to Anna Maria Sound the night after release and, unfortunately, didn’t spend the evening in the secondary warm water site basin where animals are known to congregate. He traveled back into Anna Maria Sound, out to the Gulf side of the island, southward close to shore and entered back into the intracoastal.  Public sightings during this period indicated he was alone. Epac was observed on Monday, January 28, traveling alone with purpose southward in Little Sarasota Bay.  He continued to travel southward with the onset of the cold front and began traveling north after reaching Little Gasparilla Island.  He was observed on February 1, traveling alone northward.  We were hoping he would continue his northward travel to TECO but he turned back southward on February 5 when he was observed traveling alone.


  9. 01/29/2013 07:57 PM
    • On January 28, Epac was found bottom resting at the mouth of a canal off of the main waterway.  He soon woke up and began traveling southerly at a rapid pace. He stopped occasionally to rest but appeared to be traveling in a very determined manner.

  10. 01/25/2013 06:09 PM
    • Epac was released on 1/23/13 into the discharge canal of TECO.  The release went smoothly and we greatly appreciate the staff from TECO moving the large rocks so we could carry him down into the basin without obstacles. Soon after release, Epac began to socialize with other animals.  He was observed later in the afternoon on the west end of the discharge canal still socializing. Epac moved southward yesterday to Anna Maria Sound.  He spent the evening in Palma Sola Bay, not in the basin where animals are known to congregate.  So far today, he has made a move back into Anna Maria Sound.  Lets hope he figures out where to find the warm water.

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