About Charlie

Gender: Male
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Charlie is a male manatee that was rescued with his mother near Placida, Charlotte County on November 5, 2010.  Both animals were transported to Miami Seaquarium, but unfortunately his mother had received severe injuries from a boat strike and died from these wounds.  Charlie was only 174cm (5ft) long and weighed 348lbs at the time of his rescue.  Once stable from the ordeal, he was transferred to South Florida Museum so he could continue to grow and gain weight.  Charlie was released on February 4, 2013 into Homosassa Spring with two other rehabilitated manatees.  He was 244cm (8ft) long and weighed 690lbs on the day of his release.

  1. 02/09/2014 09:15 AM
    • Charlie was observed slowly milling and socializing with 10 other animals just inside the main gate at Homosassa Spring run.  Shortly after I entered the water, park staff began feeding the captive animals, causing a portion of the wild animals in the area (including Charlie and Laroc) to move to the fence where the feeding was occurring. Charlie was cut loose of his equipment at 9:40, having been previously considered a success after he looked great during an in-water body condition assessment. 

  2. 02/07/2014 10:40 AM
    • Charlie socialized in a small group across the river from the spring but it did not quite turn into cavorting.  There were very few animals around the spring this morning. 

  3. 02/03/2014 12:40 PM
    • He milled slowly around a canal south of the upper Halls River, possibly settling down to bottom-rest near the end of the visual. 

  4. 01/30/2014 03:25 PM
    • Charlie socialized with 13 others just outside the Homosassa Spring gate, then slowly most of the group milled inside halfway to the boil.  I got an in-water body condition and photos of him, which showed him to still be looking very good:  a rounded belly with no folds and no apparent cold stress.  He was responsive to me being in the water with him but not incandescent with rage like he has been in the past. 

  5. 01/21/2014 10:25 AM
    • Charlie bottom-rested in a large group of 20 in the sanctuary across from the spring run.  He woke up and socialized, moving around within the same sanctuary.  As of this afternoon it looks like he has taken advantage of the warming temperatures today and gone up Halls River. 

  6. 01/17/2014 08:00 AM
    • Charlie milled around the fishbowl area with 15 other animals.  There were at least 75 animals in and around the spring.  This morning Charlie stayed mainly around the boil. 

  7. 01/12/2014 02:00 PM
    • Charlie socialized with Laroc in the 3-ft-deep area which thus far appears it might be a smaller spring in the upper Halls River.  It also seems to be and is reported to be a very low boat-traffic area. 

  8. 01/04/2014 10:40 AM
    • Charlie responded quickly to the cold front and moved from Halls River when temperatures dropped.  He was at the spring this morning with many other animals.  He bottom-rested close together with a group of 5. 

  9. 12/23/2013 08:25 AM
    • Charlie socialized with Laroc on the bank of the upper Halls River.  Neither have left the Homosassa area since the very beginning of winter; they both leave the spring when it gets warmer to go up the Halls River to eat and then respond to cold fronts early, returning to the spring. 

  10. 12/12/2013 09:10 AM
    •  Small groups of animals were moving in and out of Homosassa Spring and sanctuaries this morning.  Charlie milled and socialized with a group of 6 slightly down the river from the spring run. 

  11. 11/29/2013 08:10 AM
    • Charlie appeared to be keeping warm and socializing with the large group in and around Homosassa spring and the sanctuary across from the spring run. 

  12. 11/16/2013 10:10 AM
    • Susan from Homosassa park staff called this morning when she noticed a belted manatee at the spring socializing with 3 other animals including Laroc.  We confirmed that it was Charlie, who lost his tag around July 4 of this year and had not been relocated since.  We were happy to see that Charlie looks good, with a nice rounded belly and no recent large boat scars readily visible.  Thanks to Homosassa park staff's help, Charlie is now re-tagged and is continuing to hang around the spring with Laroc and friends. 

  13. 07/09/2013 03:10 PM
    • On July 8, Charlie’s tag and tether were recovered drifting east up the Homosassa River in the incoming tide. There were no entanglements and the tether was intact with the small joiner still closed and half of the snap-shackle still attached.

  14. 06/21/2013 04:25 PM
    • Upon our arrival on June 20, a jet ski passed the group of 4 animals including Charlie and Wooten on plane at close range, making them travel away. After that Charlie socialized with the others, staying on the sidelines for about an hour when the other 3 began cavorting, and finally joining in.

  15. 06/16/2013 08:37 PM
    • On June 15 Charlie socialized with one other animal and then milled from a small creek off Halls River into the main river’s big bend.

  16. 06/05/2013 03:13 PM
    • On June 4 Charlie milled by himself near the end of Halls River. The trip up the river included many very shallow stretches, but Charlie found an area 4 feet deep with lots of vegetation.

  17. 05/25/2013 08:49 PM
    • On May 24, Charlie was socializing with a group of six which included Wooten and was then joined by Laroc. Charlie stayed with the group and continued socializing when Wooten left.

  18. 05/21/2013 08:36 PM
    • On May 20, Charlie bottom-rested at the end of the shallow creek by himself.

  19. 05/01/2013 10:07 PM
    • On April 30 Charlie was possibly feeding on vegetation on bottom, possibly eel grass, but this was unable to be confirmed.

  20. 04/23/2013 09:51 PM
    • On April 22, Charlie traveled in to the spring run from the river and socialized with Laroc.  I obtained an in-water body condition assessment and would describe him as Good.  Charlie was slightly evasive of me, swimming about 15 ft away and then stopping and staying on the bottom.

  21. 04/23/2013 03:39 PM
    • On April 22 Charlie traveled in to the spring run from the river and socialized with Laroc.  I obtained an in-water body condition assessment.  Charlie was slightly evasive of me, swimming about 15 ft away and then stopping and staying on the bottom.

  22. 04/12/2013 09:42 PM
    • On April 11 Charlie was first observed milling back and forth along the edge of the cove and was then seen throwing his head back to ingest unknown vegetation.  Very happy to see Charlie eating as this is the first time feeding has been observed since his release.

  23. 04/10/2013 09:40 PM
    • On April 9 Charlie was observed coming into the spring run from the river but, when he appeared to recognize that Laroc was in the area, he went a little more hurriedly toward her and settled down to socialize on the north bank of the run.



  24. 04/03/2013 09:41 PM
    • On April 2 Charlie was bottom-resting by himself on the north bank.

  25. 03/15/2013 08:01 PM
    • On March 14 Charlie was part of a group that stayed still on the bottom together close to the bank.

  26. 03/10/2013 05:46 PM
    • On March 9 Charlie’s tag was found against the outside of the spring gate on the south bank with a wad of fishing line tangled in the eyelet.  The tag was freed of the fishing line and reattached as Charlie was socializing with 3 other animals along the north bank.  Thanks so much to Homosassa staff for noticing Charlie was untagged and letting us know.


  27. 03/09/2013 05:41 PM
    • On March 8 Charlie milled by himself between the underwater observatory and the gate.  Other animals were bottom-resting in the area.


  28. 03/02/2013 05:21 PM
    • On March 1 Charlie socialized with one animal throughout the visual, and occasionally another one would join the group.  About 10-15 animals were at the spring. Charlie was observed to have a good body condition--no indication of cold stress and no scars.


  29. 02/26/2013 10:47 PM
    • On February 25, Charlie was quietly on the bottom in a tiny creek. Eventually he started to slowly mill around, maybe exploratory.  I found two possible ways in and out of the creek, although Charlie may have found more that are even smaller. One would have required some flipper-walking and had a considerable current across the rocks. The other was a tiny break in the mangroves that my boat didn't quite fit through.

  30. 02/22/2013 06:36 PM
    • On February 21, Charlie paced for the entire observation period.  We’d received a Homosassa volunteer report the day before that he was entangled but were able to verify that this was not the case.


  31. 02/08/2013 09:08 PM
    • Charlie, Laroc and Wooten were released on February 4, 2013 into Homosassa Spring. They were all placed into the Homosassa Spring State Park (HSSP) back pool and the gate between the main spring and the back pool was opened. This was a great system HSSP developed! After the gate had been open for about 20 minutes, Wooten and Laroc were the first to go out the gate and down the channel...and then turn right back around and back into the pool.  They did go back out and began to explore in a back and forth pattern further away from the pool. Charlie was a bit slower out the channel and was observed pacing in tight circles on and off for over an hour while in the main spring. All animals were observed socializing on and off with wild manatees in the spring. At 13:35, Wooten traveled out of the main spring with a wild manatee into the blue water area of Homosassa River while Charlie and Laroc continued to explore the main spring together. Since release, Charlie and Laroc have stayed close to the main spring and blue water area.  Wooten has been the explorer and has traveled back and forth for several miles.

Data map is currently not present for Charlie.