About Woodstock

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Woodstock is a young female manatee who was rescued along with her mother on January 7, 2011, while she was still a calf.  The pair were found in Port of the Islands, Collier County, and at the time Woodstock was only 160 cm long and weighed 229 lbs.  She was brought in to Miami Seaquarium for rehabilitation and then spent time at Cincinnato Zoo and Columbus Zoo to grow and gain weight.  At her most recent health assessment she had grown to 249 cm long.  She was transferred back to Miami Seaquarium and was released on January 7,2014, in the Orange River in Fort Myers, Florida. 

  1. 12/17/2014 08:14 AM
    • FWC reported that they unfortunately recovered Woodstock’s carcass near the mouth of the Orange River.  Necropsy results showed that she died of natural causes, possibly choosing vegetation that was not nutritious enough.  This terrible news was particularly shocking as behaviorally she appeared to be doing very well, responding to each cold front by returning promptly to the Orange River FPL plant outflow, socializing well with other manatees, and was seen feeding. 

  2. 12/12/2014 11:53 AM
    • Woodstock was seen bottom-resting with at least 20 other adults and 3 calves east of the oxbow in the Orange River, on the north bank.  Conditions were poor to be able to see very far into the water. 

  3. 12/06/2014 09:52 AM
    • She was seen milling near the entrance to the cove between I-75 and SR80 by herself, but several other animals were in the area. 

  4. 11/22/2014 01:51 PM
    • Woodstock socialized and bottom-rested near the entrance of the Orange River with one other animal. 

  5. 11/16/2014 08:30 AM
    • Woodstock along with at least 20 additional animals were in Manatee Park this morning, staying mainly in the shallow pool just east of the main outflow.  Initially observed feeding on grass along the curved bank into the pool area including a few mangrove leaves.  Woodstock then rested at the surface for 15 minutes before being disturbed by a large manatee.  A period of socialization with several manatees included three sets of moms with calves.  At one point, swam out toward the center of the outflow for what appeared to be an attempt to get away from the larger manatee, then continued surface resting  Woodstock looked good, with no new scars on her dorsal surface, some algae covering her back, and a small sloughed skin patch. 

  6. 11/08/2014 08:30 AM
    • Woodstock was observed at marker 7 near Midway Island in the Caloosahatchee River, just west of the railroad bridge.  For the first hour of our observation she was seen with approximately 3 other manatees in the area.  Woodstock turned and went toward the very shallow area closer to the mangroves and the other manatees continued east in the river toward Beautiful Island.  Water was very calm, and no boat traffic in the immediate area. 

  7. 10/26/2014 11:30 AM
    • She was seen in the last canal on right just before I-75 in the Caloosahatchee River with one other animal, staying quietly on bottom and then beginning to bottom-rest.   We also observed flatulence several times as she rested, showing that she has been feeding.

  8. 10/19/2014 03:30 PM
    • Woodstock was observed by herself in a protected cove just off the last canal system before passing under I-75 on the Caloosahatchee River.  She was into the mangroves to the point where she could have been feeding, but it was difficult to determine.  Boat traffic was minimal, but one of the two boats that passed had a very loud motor, making Woodstock turn and head to the northwest.  Once the boat passed further into the canal system she stopped again and rested within the mangroves. 

  9. 10/12/2014 01:30 PM
    • Woodstock was seen east of the Edison Bridge in the Caloosahatchee River.  She stayed quietly on bottom by herself for about a half hour until something spooked her (no boat traffic around) and she took off quickly.  There was heavy boat traffic in the channel, and she stayed mainly on the north side of the island for an hour and a half and then made her way across the channel to the south bank of the river and surface-rested. 

  10. 10/05/2014 04:30 PM
    • Woodstock was on the move around the shallow area of Midway Island in the Caloosahatchee River by herself.  She stayed close to the shore, then moved back out into the river between the channel and the next island heading toward Orange River. 

  11. 09/27/2014 09:30 AM
    • Woodstock milled around the area just east of the Edison Bridge, staying out of the channel but not against the shoreline.  The water had a slight chop, and initially Woodstock milled around by herself, but after about an hour a second manatee visited for about 10-15 minutes and then left the area.  Woodstock stayed where she was, staying still on bottom. 

  12. 09/20/2014 09:30 AM
    • Woodstock was west of I-75 on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, alone and staying quiet on bottom, breathing at 5-7 minute intervals.  The water was choppy as rainstorms were moving into the area, and visibility was limited due to water conditions.  She did do a belly roll at the surface not far from the bow of the boat and she looked good.  She traveled in the same general area until a torrential downpour started around 1:00. 

  13. 09/13/2014 10:10 AM
    • Woodstock was seen in the back of the submerged pilings cove near the Rt. 80 bridge in the Orange River, socializing with a female adult and her calf.  We saw socializing for the majority of our observation time, then bottom-resting.  By the end of the visual the mother/calf pair had moved back into the Orange River channel going toward Manatee Park; Woodstock remained in the center of the cove.


  14. 09/07/2014 02:00 PM
    • Woodstock was seen about 2 miles west of the I-75 bridge on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, staying quietly on bottom by herself.  She was then joined by another adult manatee as she moved slightly west yet still away from the shore and away from the channel.  They began synchronized breathing and moved away from a 16-ft. boat in the area.  Visual of her head/upper back showed that she looked good. 

  15. 09/01/2014 08:45 AM
    • Woodstock was in the Caloosahatchee River near Buzzard Roost island by herself. She was fairly active, traveling and milling with breathing intervals of 2-4 minutes initially.  Then she settled down to bottom-rest for 25 minutes.  The area immediately to the north of the island is very shallow and she spent the remaining time of our observation in the shallow area.  She could have been feeding, but we were unable to confirm it. There was a great deal of boat traffic on the river due to the holiday, and she kept her distance and stayed within the shallows. 

  16. 08/24/2014 09:15 AM
    • Woodstock was seen in front of River Place Condos on Edgewood Ave in the Caloosahatchee River, staying mainly between the two longer docks.  She was alone and traveling upon first sighting, then intermittently milled and traveled.  Boat traffic on the river was steady but within in the channel and enough distance away from her. 

  17. 08/17/2014 09:15 AM
    • Woodstock was found near Buzzard’s Roost on the Caloosahatchee River, outside the main channel yet away from the shoreline.  Upon arrival she was milling around a general area close to a shallow area with a submerged island structure.  There may have been some seagrass on bottom.  A second manatee joined her and their breathing soon became synchronized.  Water was very calm this morning, some boat traffic, but most in the channel (with the exception of one jet ski who didn't obey the speed limit).  In response to the jet ski she moved toward the shoreline, but once the water calmed down again she moved back into the same general area.  When we left she was traveling toward the railroad lift bridge. 

  18. 08/09/2014 09:30 AM
    • Woodstock milled and traveled by herself in the Caloosahatchee River in a canal on the north bank west of the tressel bridge.  She was traveling farther out into the river from the shoreline and avoiding boat traffic.  At one point she swam past our boat which was anchored, motor off.  Good visual, no scars noted.  Did not see other animals in the area. 

  19. 08/02/2014 08:55 AM
    • Woodstock seemed to be resting upon our arrival west of the tressel bridge in the Caloosahatchee River.  Then she began milling by herself around under the two condo dock systems.  She went back to bottom-resting and then milled along the bank, from dock to dock. 

  20. 08/01/2014 12:45 PM
    • She was observed by herself staying quietly on bottom on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee west of Hancock Bridge.  There were occasional brief periods of milling, perhaps in response to our boat even though we were a distance away. 

  21. 07/30/2014 12:15 PM
    • Woodstock seemed like she was trying to settle down for a nap in front of the FPL plant in Orange River.  In trying to complete her tag exchange I prevented that, and she traveled away from me but I was able to tighten the joiner and secure her new tag.  It still needs to be a little tighter to complete the process, however. 

  22. 07/29/2014 02:25 PM
    • Woodstock’s old GPS tag was recovered on the bank east of the power plant.  Later that afternoon she was located traveling west of the power plant with one other animal, holding the remaining safety tag very low in the water, so locating her was extremely difficult.  New GPS was attached but still needs to be tightened on the tether.  

  23. 07/26/2014 11:40 AM
    • Continuing attempts for a tag exchange, we found her resting on bottom on the south bank of the oxbow in Orange River.  She was immediately responsive to my approach in the water and spent the rest of the afternoon avoiding me, crossing paths with another animal at the SR80 bridge.  I did manage to loosen the joiner but not enough to remove the old tag. 

  24. 07/23/2014 02:14 PM
    • Woodstock was found bottom-resting by herself, though there was at least one other animal in the area, on the south bank at the first lock east of the 31 bridge near a swim beach.  She still reacted when I approached her in the water to attempt a tag exchange again, and traveled into the restricted area of the lock and continued milling. 

  25. 07/19/2014 08:50 AM
    • Woodstock was noted in a calm cove off the Caloosahatchee River at the mouth of Owl Creek.  She was in a protected area and stayed there for the majority of our observation.  Later she left the protected cove and moved along the bank where she rested for at least 45 minutes.  At one point a large boat moved into the area and seemed to spook her, making her travel away.  Near the end of the visual she was once again resting with 2 other animals. 

  26. 07/12/2014 10:00 AM
    • After eating a few mangrove leaves at the closed end of the docks at Marinatown Harbor, she moved along the boats that were docked on the north side of the marina, stopping along the way to drink water being dispersed from bilge pumps.  Landscaping was going on in the area and the noise of a chainsaw made her take off and travel down the marina before diving.  At the end of the observation she was milling around the head of the marina, again drinking from bilge water discharge. 

  27. 07/05/2014 12:00 PM
    • Kathy, John, and I were continuing to investigate the possibility of an issue with Woodstock’s tag.  We found her in a residential canal in the Matlacha area, milling and occasionally socializing with two other animals.  We confirmed that with both sets of our equipment, the tag’s signal occasionally skipped, so we attempted a tag exchange.  Woodstock was very evasive while I was in the water and we weren’t able to get anywhere, so I will continue attempts to exchange her tag. 

  28. 06/29/2014 08:55 AM
    • Woodstock was initially found bottom-resting with one other animal in a canal in the Matlacha area, their breathing intervals synchronized.  She woke up and traveled about 800 feet to the east end of the canal, still with the other manatee, and they again settled down to bottom-rest. 

  29. 06/21/2014 07:15 AM
    • Woodstock was observed resting in the middle of a canal in Matlacha by herself during the first 20-30 minutes of observation.  She traveled within the closed end of this canal system, which has been a popular spot for return/rest.  Later that day she was resting in a spot not far from shore when she was joined by another manatee.  They began socializing, during which Woodstock rolled over on her back twice and then they socialized on bottom. 

  30. 06/12/2014 02:30 PM
    • Woodstock was found resting in the closed end portion of the canal in the Burnt Store area of Matlacha.  During the observation she spent time at the closed end near the mangroves; she could possibly have been feeding but it was unable to be confirmed.  She was by herself. 

  31. 06/08/2014 11:30 AM
    • She was resting in the shallows in the Burnt Store area of Matlacha area.  Homeowners there were gracious enough to allow me to stand on their dock to observe without disturbing Woodstock's behavior.  Her back is covered in what appears to be barnacles.  I noted two white scar marks, one just above the peduncle where the tag is fixed and the other on the top of her head.  They were completely white and already scarred over.  She rested near the dock for about 20 minutes and then a school of Crevalle Jacks moved in to munch on bait fish that were also in the area and the commotion caused Woodstock to move out into the middle of the canal.  She moved to the closed end of the canal to munch on mangroves.  The homeowners said that they had been watching her for a few hours. 

  32. 06/01/2014 01:45 PM
    • Socializing with 2 adults.  Stayed out of the channel along the shoreline of the mangrove patch just west of UnderHill Point and north of the power lines in Matlacha Pass just north of the Caloosahatchee River and south of Matlacha Isles She traveled a short distance, rested, and then began socializing again.  Some of her breaths were with her full head out of the water and synchronized with the animals she was with. 

  33. 05/26/2014 09:30 AM
    • She was observed feeding along the bank near an undeveloped lot in the Burnt Store Rd area in Matlacha, then began resting.  I noticed gray spots on the top of her head and neck area, but not able to visualize close enough with binoculars to see if they were barnacles or rub marks.  Upon my departure from the area, she was continuing to rest in the center of the dead-end canal. 

  34. 05/21/2014 07:15 PM
    • Woodstock was milling slowing under trees by herself in Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor. 

  35. 05/04/2014 11:45 AM
    • Found her in a protected dead-end canal off Old Burnt Store Road in Matlacha.  Observed her feeding for at least 30 minutes.  She was alone the entire time of observation.  She then headed out of the canal and into a canal heading south. She swam deeper for awhile and at one point she surfaced near my kayak.  Boat traffic in the main canal was at a rate of 1 to 2 every 10 to 15 minutes. She avoided the boats and continued to swim south. 

  36. 04/30/2014 10:30 AM
    • Found her in the connecting canal by Sirenia Vista Park in Matlacha Isles with 2 other adult manatees.  She was socializing with them and feeding on seagrass beds across from the park.  As boats passed through the canal system, she went deeper in the water and avoided them.  Two kayaks were curious about her transmitter tag, and we educated them as to the project. 

  37. 04/27/2014 10:05 AM
    • Found her in canal with one adult manatee fairly close to the seawall, resting for approximately 25 minutes.  She then began to travel within the canal where I observed her staying close to the other manatee for approximately 35 minutes.  The two of them headed further down the intersecting canal. 

  38. 04/19/2014 11:05 AM
    • Found her in canal behind SW 3rd Terrace in Matlacha Isles, unfortunately drinking water from a water hose that ran from the house down to the dock.  She was interrupted by dogs barking in the pool cage enclosure which I believe she heard, and she swam away toward the dead-end section of the canal where she rested on the surface for about 25 minutes and then began to travel in and around the dead end area.  Thankfully she did not return to the fresh water source during the remainder of my observation. 

  39. 04/16/2014 11:15 AM
    • With a medium sized mother and her calf in a canal in Matlacha Isles, Charlotte Harbor.  Must have been in a good mood.  Woodstock was gently rolling in the water, and occasionally pausing to float belly up.  Mother joined in.  Observed occasional gas bubbles. 

  40. 04/13/2014 11:15 AM

      Woodstock was observed in a canal along Matlacha traveling east toward Sirenia Vista Park where she spent 45 mins interacting with one other adult manatee.  Found in a very high boating traffic area with swift current.  She spent a great deal of time traveling below the surface with the water clear enough that we were able to get a visual on more than one occasion and saw that Woodstock looked good.  She definitely was trying to avoid the boats as best as possible. 

  41. 03/30/2014 02:00 PM
    • Woodstock traveled southward in the Sanibel Island, Tarpon Bay area, near J.N. Ding Darling Refuge.  Unable to determine how many animals she may have been with. 

  42. 03/28/2014 01:00 PM
    • Woodstock traveled into a canal in Sanibel to briefly socialize with one other animal, then turned and traveled back out toward the bay. 

  43. 03/23/2014 01:00 PM
    • Woodstock was in a protected area with about 16 other manatees.  There was active mating going on in another group and she was cavorting with 4 on and off.  The largest male, who was quite assertive within the mating group, didn't interact with Woodstock.  She approached the boat and rolled over, allowing me to see that her body condition was good.  There was no vegetation within this area. 

  44. 03/15/2014 11:59 AM
    • Woodstock was first observed traveling along the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River 10 miles east of the Franklin Lock.  She then went into a shallow cove where she fed briefly.  There was one other adult manatee in the immediate area, but Woodstock went her separate way, traveling further east.  She ended up in a shallow protected cove where she rested undisturbed. 

  45. 03/08/2014 02:57 PM
    • Woodstock was initially found east of Manatee Park milling in around the mangroves with one other animal in a depth of approximately 5 feet.  There were 6 kayaks approaching her; Melody educated them on the release and they kept their distance while observing.  A 16 ft. pontoon boat moved her away from the mangrove; she turned and swam in the opposite direction.  More kayaks came into the area but kept their distance and asked questions.  Then she milled up the Orange River again toward the Manatee Park Kayak launch. 

  46. 03/01/2014 12:00 PM
    • Woodstock was milling around the mangroves in the Caloosahatchee River west of the back of the FPL plant.  I did not see other manatees in the area, only two dolphins who were feeding.  There was a great deal of boat traffic on the Caloosahatchee, and she chose to stay in this more protected/shallow area of mangroves. 

  47. 02/26/2014 10:15 AM
    • Milling under mangrove area north of Manatee Park the majority of visual.  Not with other animals and I did not observe any other animals in the immediate area that day.  Traveled quickly to the other side of the river at one point, I assume to see another animal but could not confirm.  Water was calm despite the high winds. 

  48. 02/21/2014 12:39 PM
    • Woodstock was milling along the bank of the oxbow in Orange River on Friday afternoon with one other smaller adult.  Then Cheeno milled in from the west and joined them, and the 3 socialized, staying in that area for a while and then slowly moving a little further east down the river. 

  49. 02/19/2014 10:38 AM
    • She bottom-rested near the Orange Harbor Mobile Home Park with 12 other animals for most of visual.  She had a sudden reaction to something and began traveling.  Settled down to mill and socialize for the rest of visual.  3 animals started cavorting at one point near Woodstock but she remained on the sidelines with little to no reaction. 

  50. 02/16/2014 09:15 AM
    • Woodstock traveled in toward Manatee Park from the west, then bottom-rested near the entrance to the park.  Cheeno and several other manatees arrived about 2 hours later, and they socialized calmly. 

  51. 02/14/2014 03:40 PM
    • Woodstock stayed still on the bottom in a small group about 3/4 mile down the river from Manatee Park, then milled for short periods along the bank. 

  52. 02/05/2014 01:45 PM
    • Milling and socializing in the Orange River at the outflow of FPL with 9 other animals.  Would mill over to the small mangrove island and then cut through to the other side of the river. 

  53. 02/02/2014 01:55 PM
    • When the visual started, Woodstock was feeding on an unknown vegetation on bottom with 15-16 other animals in the Orange River, 1/4 mile south of the Caloosahatchee River, on the east bank.  They were close to the seawall on the east bank while a mating herd was active about 50 feet away.  After 20 minutes Woodstock milled a little closer to the mating herd but just stayed on the sidelines. 

  54. 01/29/2014 11:45 AM
    • Woodstock was very active in socializing and milling around the cove near the mouth of Orange River.  Was curious and interacting with other animals and would then go off alone for periods of time. 

  55. 01/25/2014 11:45 AM
    • Woodstock was very active in socializing and milling around the cove near the mouth of Orange River.  Was curious and interacting with other animals and would then go off alone for periods of time. 

  56. 01/25/2014 09:00 AM
    • Woodstock was initially socializing at Manatee Park with 30-35 other animals, and then did some more traveling within the outflow area from the first observation platform back to the ‘pond’ before resting. 

  57. 01/22/2014 11:40 AM
    • Woodstock was bottom-resting with 30 other animals at Manatee Park when I arrived.  Later she was displaying unknown behavior for periods of time in between socializing and resting.  Most likely just keeping warm because she was about 12 inches below the surface keeping herself there.  She would travel to socialize. 

  58. 01/18/2014 10:00 AM
    • She was milling around Manatee Park and did travel from the immediate area of warm water outflow down to the ‘kidney bean’ area, then stayed between the two, her preferred location for approximately 1.5 hours.  She did not appear to socialize with anybody. 

  59. 01/17/2014 11:45 AM
    • Woodstock was staying in the same general area with at least 20 other manatee resting in the warm water outflow.  The park volunteers estimated 150+ manatee's in the park today. 

  60. 01/11/2014 01:20 PM
    • Woodstock socialized in a big group in the 4-5 foot deep area of the cove between I-75 and SR80 in Orange River.  There was no pacing; she was calmly social within the big group (which included Tippecanoe).  Respirations were 4 minutes apart.  Near the end of the visual she settled down to bottom-rest. 

  61. 01/08/2014 03:50 PM
    • After her release on 1/07/14, Woodstock paced tight circles and appeared stressed.  We got a follow-up visual this afternoon, during which she bottom-rested near the release site at the Orange Harbor Mobile Home Park.  When she woke up she was again swimming circles, but these were very large circles as opposed to yesterday.


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