About Longo

Gender: Male
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Longo was rescued in Sarasota Bay’s Intracoastal Waterway for cold stress on January 19, 2012.  When found, he was 183 cm long and weighed 271 lbs.  He was brought to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa to recover and then was transferred to South Florida Museum in Bradenton until cleared for release.  At his most recent assessment he had grown to 252 cm in length and weighed 790 lbs.  Longo was released at Tampa Electric Company in Apollo Beach on January 16, 2014.

  1. 12/27/2015 10:45 AM
    • Longo was seen in transit to the area just outside TECO from his usual spot northeast of E.G. Simmons Park.  I was hoping to catch him feeding there since there is a lot of syringonium, but this morning he was in his circuit back to TECO by himself.  He traveled for 10-15 minute periods and at times slowed down to a mill, stopping in the northern Apollo Beach area just outside the plant. 

  2. 12/20/2015 10:55 AM
    • Longo traveled north from the southern end of Apollo Beach to just outside the TECO plant outflow, where he socialized with a large group near the end of the outflow canal.  After about half an hour he moved on, traveling in toward the viewing platform. 

  3. 01/26/2015 09:21 AM
    • Unfortunately Longo was recovered dead from the TECO Big Bend power plant in Apollo Beach on January 26th.  The cause of death was human-other (entrapment), suspected to be due to some maintenance that was going on between the power plant and adjacent desalination plant, causing his tracking equipment to cease producing satellite locations or an audible signal for Sea To Shore field staff who searched for him.  The plant and state wildlife managers are taking action to correct the problem.  While cases of death due to human-other are rare, unfortunately Longo was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

  4. 01/08/2015 02:20 PM
    • Longo’s tag has stopped giving satellite updates, so we are searching for him via his belt and the VHF signal on the tag. 

  5. 01/02/2015 12:09 PM
    • He socialized with a group of 7 adults on the east coast of Tampa Bay about 2 miles north of E.G. Simmons Park, with small periods of milling interspersed.  At the first attempt at an in-water body condition assessment he traveled away; the rest of the group didn’t react and 2 came over to investigate the boat.  After letting him calm back down he was staying still on bottom socializing with the group and permitted an approach.  He turned to lay on his side for about one minute, then righted himself, which I am going to watch for in the future if he repeats this, but during this observation it was only seen once.  Longo looks good, with a slightly rounded belly with no folds. 

  6. 12/14/2014 09:30 AM
    • Longo socialized on the surface just under the TECO viewing platform.  He was close to shore under the pilings, nosing other animals and staying in a group. 

  7. 12/04/2014 10:40 AM
    • He was seen bottom-resting just south of the Apollo Beach canals.  Respirations were every 13-15 minutes and he was by himself, but there were a few other animals seen in the area. 

  8. 11/19/2014 02:51 PM
    • Longo was seen at the TECO plant outflow socializing at the surface with many other animals. 

  9. 11/16/2014 12:10 PM
    • He was seen in the outflow at the TECO plant with at least 75 other animals, socializing at times on the surface, but starting to go to sleep. 

  10. 11/12/2014 12:02 PM
    • Longo seemed to be en route towards TECO from just north of E.G. Simmons Park with one other animal, but stopped at the northern area of Apollo Beach and was trying to bottom-rest, then woke up and stayed quietly in the area. 

  11. 11/04/2014 09:04 AM
    • He responded to the first real cold front of the season and with a large number of other animals came to TECO.  He was staying still on bottom and then socializing in a small group just north of the viewing platform.  I was able to give him an in-water body condition assessment and saw that he looked good, with a body condition of 3 and no belly folds. 

  12. 11/03/2014 12:00 PM
    • We sighted Longo in the TECO Big Bend discharge canal near the platform with 10 or so animals nearby, socializing, and then he moved toward the fence on the north side of the canal past the discharges. 

  13. 11/02/2014 10:39 AM
    • Longo spent this morning in the outflow of the TECO plant with more than 100 other animals and was there into the afternoon.  He alternated between socializing in groups at the surface and staying on bottom. 

  14. 10/19/2014 11:28 AM
    • He was observed staying quietly on bottom in the canals in E.G. Simmons Park with one other animal.  Two others came by and joined the group and they bottom-rested into the early afternoon. 

  15. 10/15/2014 11:12 AM
    • Longo was staying on bottom while socializing with one other animal in a canal back behind the boat ramp at E.G. Simmons Park.  As the morning wore on they started milling and traveling south down the back canals. 

  16. 10/04/2014 12:29 PM
    • In a group of 6, Longo socialized in a canal inside E.G. Simmons Park, staying quietly on bottom together and then intermittently traveling, milling, and socializing.  This morning he was north of the park out in the bay, but the wind picking up may have caused him and the others to come into the canal system. 

  17. 09/26/2014 11:30 AM
    • He traveled outside the channel going northeast towards the Apollo Beach area with 2 other adults, then they stopped and milled for a bit and continued traveling. 

  18. 09/21/2014 09:50 AM
    • Longo was observed in the inlet at E.G. Simmons Park, mating nearly the entire visual.  The group of 4 was rolling, splashing, and snorting, with tails waving out of the water. 

  19. 09/13/2014 03:25 PM
    • Longo was resting just below the surface against the mangroves with 3 other animals in the inlet of E.G. Simmons Park in Tampa Bay.  He attempted to socialize with the other animals, prompting them to move away.  One stayed near him bottom-resting.  Eventually Longo rested near the surface for the remainder of the visual. 

  20. 09/03/2014 01:00 PM
    • Longo was seen about 80 meters offshore from E.G. Simmons Park in Tampa Bay this afternoon, milling by himself. 

  21. 08/30/2014 03:02 PM
    • Longo must have been bottom-resting before the visual began, because originally the tag only surfaced every 13-15 minutes.  Once found, he was milling and staying still on bottom with one other animal in canals inside E.G. Simmons Park. 

  22. 08/29/2014 10:29 AM
    • Longo socialized within a group of 10 animals, especially with one female with barnacles on her back, and the activity turned to mating at one point.  They responded to my boat and moved away from it when the motor was running. 

  23. 08/13/2014 12:07 PM
    • Longo was milling by himself when found just outside the mouth of Little Manatee River early Wednesday afternoon.  Fortunately he was well south of the high-traffic channel near the beach to the north.  He threw his head back a few times which may have either been feeding or trying to keep his nostrils above the slight chop.  He continued milling slowly during the tag exchange and circled me a few times but I was able to complete it. 

  24. 07/29/2014 11:48 AM
    • Longo was seen far west of the rocky point just south of E.G. Simmons Park almost at the shipping channel.  He milled and traveled, possibly by himself, but it was very difficult to get a good observation through the large chop. 

  25. 07/20/2014 03:00 PM
    • He milled and occasionally stopped on bottom by himself south of E.G. Simmons Park, near the mouth of Little Manatee River. 

  26. 07/01/2014 12:10 PM
    • Longo was hanging out quietly on bottom just off of E.G. Simmons Park.  The water was very choppy again today. 

  27. 06/27/2014 12:14 PM
    • Longo was initially hanging out quietly on bottom just off of E.G. Simmons Park with one other animal, then their breathing intervals increased to indicate bottom-resting.  They were only asleep for about a half hour before they woke up and began milling.  Only a small amount of boat traffic in their area. 

  28. 06/17/2014 10:50 AM
    • He slept on bottom by himself about 10 yards off the boat ramp at E.G. Simmons Park, fortunately on the east side of the little cove instead of the west side where the channel is.  The area is Idle Speed and there wasn't that much activity, but still, 3 boats launched while I was there and I was wondering what the appeal was of resting there.  There were some nice seagrass beds and I did see gas during the visual. 

  29. 06/11/2014 11:45 AM
    • Longo spent about 2 days outside Little Manatee River just north of the entrance, probably less than 1/2 mile from shore.  With one other animal, they stayed still on bottom where there were beds of thalassia, possibly feeding but was not able to confirm.  They milled periodically, then slowed down for more possible feeding. 

  30. 05/31/2014 11:50 AM
    • After spending the early morning hours at the entrance to Little Manatee River, Longo started back down the river (possibly in response to boat traffic).  He traveled to Mill Bayou, where he met up with 7 other animals and joined them in socializing.  It turned into a cavorting group within 10 minutes, then back to socializing.  Four small boats went by on plane during the observation, but the group in Mill Bayou was on the other, quieter side about 150 feet away. 

  31. 05/20/2014 04:10 PM
    • Longo traveled, milled, and socialized with one other animal in Little Manatee River, in the channel between Mill Bayou and Hayes Bayou. 

  32. 05/06/2014 12:20 PM
    • On the way down the Little Manatee River we saw 3 other animals, then found Longo milling originally by himself almost at the end of the river.  It wasn't long before he found the others, and they socialized, traveled, and at one point cavorted for about 10 minutes. 

  33. 05/04/2014 04:45 PM
    • Longo traveled for the entire visual, starting just north of the entrance to Little Manatee River and going southeast down the river.  He was with one other animal. 

  34. 04/29/2014 11:10 AM
    • Longo was still with at least 2 other animals, bottom-resting on the west bank of Mill Bayou in Little Manatee River. 

  35. 04/19/2014 11:00 AM
    • Longo was seen cavorting with 2 other animals in a canal off of Hayes Bayou in Little Manatee River.  The group continued cavorting and went into the bayou itself, then moved back to the canal and fed on shoreline grasses from a lawn. 

  36. 04/16/2014 12:45 PM
    • He traveled southeast up the Little Manatee River just north of the 75 bridge in a group of 3, staying very close to the others.  They occasionally dove and created a few cavorting-like splashes as they went. 

  37. 04/01/2014 03:20 PM
    • Longo was actually feeding on mangrove leaves in a canal off Apollo Beach, feeding actively with his head out of the water, for several minutes before he may have noticed our attempted quiet anchoring of the boat and took off.  He continued traveling down the canal toward the bay for the rest of the visual. 

  38. 03/27/2014 07:00 PM
    • Longo traveled among the docks along the bank in Ruskin.  Could not determine whether he was with any other animals. 

  39. 03/14/2014 10:00 AM
    • He started the morning in a cavorting group in the center of the canal at TECO, interspersed with some calmer socializing, but still tactile enough that Longo as well as the others would pull his tag under.  Then he milled to the end of the canal where he paused and stayed. 

  40. 03/09/2014 02:50 PM
    • Longo was with one other animal in Tampa Bay near Whiskey Key, but they were focusing on milling south along the bank less than a mile from shore instead of his usual social activities. 

  41. 03/01/2014 10:09 PM
    • Longo participated in another cavorting group this morning at TECO, about 1/4 way down the canal.  After 30 minutes he socialized within the group, nuzzling with some of the others.  There were about 30-50 animals in the TECO canal. 

  42. 02/23/2014 02:24 PM
    • Longo was seen milling around the corner of the beach off of Surfside Blvd in Apollo Beach, then through some of the winding mangrove canals just south.  He was with one other animal.  They sped up to a travel for short periods occasionally.  Apollo Beach was somewhat crowded with swimmers and kayakers, but fortunately no one was following or really noticing him. 

  43. 02/18/2014 02:05 PM
    • The large gatherings at TECO have started to thin out, with about 50 animals there this afternoon.  Some were milling around with occasional slow dives, some were surface-resting, and some were bottom-resting.  Longo had come in from the bay just north of the entrance to the power plant and was socializing at the viewing platform. 

  44. 02/13/2014 03:05 PM
    • This was another crowded afternoon at TECO.  Longo socialized in a large group in the center of the canal, then milled around the wall, coming toward the platform.  Eventually the group was mostly just keeping still in the water column, presumably keeping warm.  It was a very windy day, with a moderate chop out in the bay. 

  45. 02/10/2014 10:05 AM
    • Even with the minor cold front that had come through, there were still 100+ animals in the canal at TECO on Monday.  Longo, though, seemed to be still figuring out whether he wanted to come in or stay out, milling at the far end of the canal at the entrance to the bay.  There was a cavorting group not far from him. 

  46. 02/04/2014 10:05 AM
    • Longo appeared to be browsing and possibly nibbling on the north seawall at Teco, but I was unable to confirm that or see if there was anything there to ingest--possibly some algae.  There were still about 20 or so animals at the plant hanging around, and he began socializing in the group. 

  47. 01/30/2014 10:27 AM
    • Social as usual, he was part of 1 of 3 cavorting groups in the canal at TECO with about 30 other animals.  Then he and some of the group bottom-rested, staying near the center of the canal in front of the viewing platform. 

  48. 01/27/2014 10:15 AM
    • Longo has been quite social since his release.  He cavorted in a large group of at least 30 animals in the middle of the canal at TECO, then everyone socialized at the surface.  Quite a crowded day at TECO; it looked like 200 or more animals were there. 

  49. 01/24/2014 11:25 AM
    • Longo stayed near the viewing platform at TECO close to a small group of about 4 animals in particular among the many there that morning, socializing and milling around. 

  50. 01/20/2014 11:15 AM
    • There were several cavorting groups/mating herds in the TECO canal today.  Longo actively participated in one between the two intake canals with about 6-8 other animals, then socialized in a group of about 30.

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