About Rae

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Rae was an orphaned calf found in Key Largo in July 2012, when she was 117 cm long and weighed 55 lbs.  She was transported to Miami Seaquarium to rehabilitate and also spent time at Columbus Zoo as she continued to grow until ready for release.  She was released back in Key Largo on March 3, 2015, weighing 735 pounds and measuring 237 cm long. 

  1. 06/07/2017 01:56 AM
    • Unfortunately, the carcass of Rae was found in Key Largo on 6/9/17. After being rescued as an orphan in summer 2012 from Tarpon Basin, she was released in Key Largo in March 2015 and was adapting very well. However, she lost her tag in July 2015 and was not able to be relocated. Prior to that she looked very good. The cause of death is undetermined due to advanced decomposition of the carcass.

  2. 07/18/2015 11:12 AM
    • Rae's tag was recovered in a residential canal near Adam's Cut on the bay side of Key Largo.  Rae had been in the canal the previous day, observed by residents there, and the tag had detached and was found floating in the canal the next morning.  We are searching for Rae via her belt and can hopefully locate and re-tag her soon.  We very much appreciate any reports and sightings.

  3. 07/10/2015 04:26 PM
    • She bottom-rested at the end of a residential canal in Sexton Cove in Blackwater Sound with 2 other adults.  All 3 had a little algae growth on their backs.  Rae looked good during her in-water body condition check, having a flat belly with no folds.  Her belt fits more loosely compared to spring, but normally. 

  4. 07/09/2015 05:30 PM
    • Rae traveled along with 2 other animals in the southeast corner of Barnes Sound, near the northern entrance to Jewfish Creek.  They stopped periodically to socialize.

  5. 06/23/2015 04:10 PM
    • Rae was observed on the coast of Key Biscayne National Park, milling by herself.  She appeared to be in good condition.

  6. 06/20/2015 01:45 PM
    • Rae and one other animal bottom-rested quietly in a canal slightly inland on the west side of Key Largo.  Not that much boat traffic in the area for a weekend. 

  7. 06/20/2015 01:45 PM
    • Rae and one other animal bottom-rested quietly in a canal slightly inland on the west side of Key Largo.  Not that much boat traffic in the area for a weekend. 

  8. 06/19/2015 05:00 PM
    • She milled by herself in the Key Largo Anglers Club marina near the seawall. 

  9. 06/17/2015 01:12 PM
    • She was seen socializing with 4 other animals for about an hour in the little cove on the south side of the resort north of Wednesday Point.  Thank you to the residents of Key Largo Anglers Club for reporting their observations of Rae! 

  10. 06/14/2015 02:00 PM
    • Rae socialized with two other animals in a canal off of Lake Surprise.  The socializing turned to cavorting and possibly mating. 

  11. 05/27/2015 05:05 PM
    • Rae traveled around the small cove on the east edge of Buttonwood Sound, north of Sunset Cove, with 2 other animals, staying within 200 feet or so of the bank, with brief periods of slower milling. 

  12. 05/14/2015 11:26 AM
    • Rae and two other manatees were traveling out of the residential canals into Blackwater Sound. 

  13. 05/07/2015 12:06 PM
    • Rae was seen by herself in a residential canal off Sexton Cove, milling and occasionally drinking from a hose on one of the porches.  She had a few very small white spots on her face which might have been blisters. 

  14. 05/06/2015 08:30 AM
    • Rae was again seen milling in the southeast corner of Blackwater Cove, at mile marker 102 bayside, with 4 other animals. 

  15. 05/04/2015 01:20 PM
    • She was seen milling by herself in the southeast corner of Blackwater Cove near mile marker 104 bayside. 

  16. 04/28/2015 02:50 PM
    • Rae was observed milling at the end of a residential canal off Sexton Cove by herself. She was occasionally mouthing and playing around a boat-lift in front of a residence. Residents mentioned she had been there for several hours and that they have been seeing her at the canal on and off for the last three weeks, sometimes alone, sometimes with others, but she seems to be spending a lot of time in that canal. When she noticed my kayak she came over, and she still looked to be in good condition. 

  17. 04/23/2015 10:23 AM
    • She was seen traveling and milling in the canals off the east side of Sexton Cove with 3 other animals.  They occasionally socialized as well. 

  18. 04/13/2015 10:24 AM
    • A citizen reported seeing her tag looking like it had been struck by a boat, so her tag was exchanged.  She was in Blackwater Sound, Sexton Cove, down a residential canal socializing with 3 others, one of whom was very large, and she slowly and curiously circled me as I changed out the tag.  Fortunately there were no scars or raised or uneven areas on her back and she was very active and social, so it appears she was not harmed in the boat strike.  The float ring on the tag, however, was pushed all the way down to the nosecone and there was a propeller cut in it as well.  Rae’s body condition looks great, with a rounded belly and a body score of 4.  This makes the second tag exchange due to boat strike this year, the first being Burnie’s.  Thank you so much to John and his neighbors for being wonderful spotters and manatee fans! 

  19. 04/07/2015 04:06 PM
    • Rae was observed mouthing and playing with several boats that were docked at the end of a residential canal in Blackwater Sound, Sexton Cove. She seemed to play, perhaps looking for water, turning upside down while mouthing the bottom of boats. Residents were observed giving her water from a hose and were warned that this is illegal and harmful to the animal.  Rae has a new scar, long but thin and shallow, from the right side of her face to behind her right flipper. 

  20. 03/31/2015 02:20 PM
    • At first sighting Rae and a large adult were exiting a residential canal on the east coast of Lake Surprise. Rae kept very close to the other animal while traveling.  They stopped to rest and mill for a few minutes here and there as they made their way west across the lake, then entered Jewfish Creek where Rae milled under docks and boats until she found her companion again. From there they entered Blackwater Sound and continued to travel offshore.  I was able to take a good look at Rae while at the inlet's marina. She was clean with no visible scars and looked good. 

  21. 03/31/2015 10:55 AM
    • A citizen reported seeing Rae milling in the canal off of south Lake Surprise with a small group of other animals nearby. 

  22. 03/14/2015 01:21 PM
    • Rae was initially found socializing in a group of 3 other animals in the northwest corner of Lake Surprise.  They reacted to our boat and traveled south a bit along the west shore of the lake, then continued socializing interspersed with periods of feeding on the thalassia on bottom.  First sighting of feeding for Rae, and less than two weeks after release, which is much sooner than we usually see rehabilitated animals feed on natural vegetation after release. 

  23. 03/10/2015 12:59 PM
    • Rae was seen milling by herself at Adam’s Cut, mile marker 103 in Key Largo. 

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