About Leonard

Gender: Male
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Leonard, a male manatee, was found as an orphan on October 15, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Brevard County.  At the time of his rescue he was 130 cm long and weighed 84 lbs.  He received critical care at SeaWorld and at his most recent health assessment on December 23, 2015, had grown to 235 cm long and 625 lbs.  He was released at the Cape Canaveral power plant on February 10, 2016, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore for one year. 

  1. 02/18/2017 02:28 PM
    • Finally, graduation day for Leonard!  After several attempts to cut off his gear once it was confirmed that he looked very good upon completion of his monitoring period, he was momentarily distracted enough with socializing to let me get it done.  At least 200 other animals were at the power plant with him.

  2. 02/11/2017 08:55 AM
    • Another series of attempts to cut off Leonard's tracking gear at the power plant outflow since he looks great and has successfully completed his monitoring period.  He was bottom-resting in the morning with about 200 other animals there and didn't seem to mind other animals playing with his tag, which seems like the perfect setup, but he detected me and moved off to the center of the outflow.  Each time we gave him time to settle down to socializing but he certainly didn't forgive and forget.  But it’s a very good thing he’s not people-friendly. We'll have to keep trying.

  3. 02/03/2017 11:11 AM
    • Leonard spent his time milling in the general area as Squiggy in the power plant outflow, then hanging out on bottom with others, with respiration intervals of 4-6 minutes.  There were periodic large group disturbances due to a large pod of dolphins feeding in the outflow area.

  4. 01/29/2017 12:59 PM
    • Leonard socialized and hung out on bottom in a group in the northwest corner of the Canaveral FPL outflow near the wall. More than 250 others were there keeping warm. Leonard was given an in-water body condition and looked very good, with a rounded belly and no cold stress.

  5. 01/14/2017 09:10 AM
    • Leonard stayed still on bottom with regular respirations.  He was within a small group of animals that were resting/hanging out just below the surface.

  6. 01/08/2017 03:20 PM
    • He milled along the north edge of the power plant outflow boundary and then slowly came towards the center, where he socialized in a small group.

  7. 01/02/2017 09:31 AM
    • Leonard and a smaller aggregation of animals were hanging out in the power plant outflow, staying still on bottom.

  8. 12/27/2016 11:06 AM
    • Leonard was seen traveling south on the west bank of Indian River, about 1/2 mile south of the FPL plant outflow. He was by himself, about 100 yards off the bank, but a few others were seen in the area.

  9. 12/22/2016 10:41 AM
    • Leonard socialized at the power plant outflow after a few days of a cool front and stayed still on bottom, presumably keeping warm. A tag exchange was attempted on him but he was very evasive, traveling quickly away.

  10. 12/12/2016 01:52 AM
    • He stayed in the same general area within the outflow in a group, socializing mostly on bottom with a small amount of social milling.

  11. 12/04/2016 01:51 AM
    • Leonard was found amongst a large group just outside the FPL outflow, spending much of the visual socializing milling from animal to animal. Brief periods of cavorting were also seen.

  12. 11/22/2016 01:49 AM
    • Leonard came back to the Canaveral FPL discharge and got a tag exchange there.  He had a great body condition, with a slightly rounded belly, and has obviously been eating well throughout the summer.

  13. 10/18/2016 10:29 AM
    • He was hanging out underneath a mangrove, then seemed to detect my boat in the distance and traveled a little further down the west bank of Seven Pines Creek.  I let him calm down for a little while and he began feeding on mangrove roots and land grasses on the bank.  But he was startled again and started milling.  There were 2 large gators in the area.

  14. 10/17/2016 01:27 PM
    • This time he seemed to hear the waves lapping against my anchored boat and traveled the opposite way before I had a chance to do anything else.  The rest of the visual was spent keeping up with him as he alternately traveled and milled.

  15. 10/03/2016 11:05 AM
    • Leonard and 3 other animals including a mother-calf pair fed on vegetation near the corner of Peacock’s Pocket in the Indian River.  While the tag exchange was still not able to be completed, I did manage to approach him which is progress.  He began traveling, alternating with milling, after that.

  16. 09/23/2016 11:15 AM
    • Leonard is continuing to be a difficult animal on whom to do a tag exchange. He has gotten into the habit of heading to his creek at daybreak, so this observation involved paddling from Peacocks Pocket to Cedar Hammock Creek as he traveled in for the day.  He spent the duration of the observation period traveling or milling there by himself.

  17. 09/17/2016 09:00 AM
    • Leonard’s little hiding spot was finally accessed after a good 45 minutes of hiking along Moore Creek off Indian River.  He was bottom-resting by himself at the time, but he detected our presence and began traveling rapidly out of the canal.

  18. 09/09/2016 09:52 AM
    • We caught up with Leonard as he was traveling back up Cedar Hammock Creek with one other animal.  He then spent the next several hours traveling from spot to spot, milling around and generally avoiding all tag exchange efforts by hanging out in gator-rich areas.

  19. 09/05/2016 08:05 AM
    • He was seen feeding with 3 other animals near the entrance buoys at the west entrance of Banana Creek, then began milling and socializing. After being approached for a tag exchange he traveled away east along the north bank of the creek, continuously evasive, then traveled into Cedar Hammock Creek.

  20. 08/30/2016 08:45 AM
    • Leonard milled at the south end of Peacock’s Pocket west of Banana Creek with one other adult, but when he was approached for a tag exchange traveled south and into the creek, then continued traveling east.

  21. 08/17/2016 09:28 AM
    • He was with one other adult in Banana Creek, just north of the culvert at Kennedy Pkwy on the east bank, socializing on bottom and at the surface. Then there was some zig-zag milling along the east bank, moving south back toward the culvert.

  22. 08/12/2016 10:12 AM
    • Leonard was seen in Banana Creek, on the south bank near the entrance to Moore Creek. He was found bottom-resting by himself near the bank, then woke up to slowly mill west, continuing along the bank, then turned east and traveled that direction.

  23. 08/05/2016 11:18 AM
    • Leonard was found sitting stationary by himself near one of his known spots next to a culvert approximately halfway up Cedar Hammock Creek on the south bank.  Shortly after he was found, he milled about the area for a few minutes before traveling up the creek for the duration of the observation period.

  24. 07/22/2016 11:01 AM
    • He was seen milling this time, and socializing with 3 other adults at the surface.  They stop and start milled west of Skunk Island interspersed with more social interaction.

  25. 07/08/2016 10:05 AM
    • Leonard and his group of 4 other adults and a calf have been feeding during some part of each visual on him for the past 3 weeks, which is great to see.  They fed on vegetation on bottom, then milled a little eastward along the south bank of Banana Creek, and then socialized at the surface, nuzzling faces and sides.

  26. 06/29/2016 10:06 AM
    • Leonard and company, including the mother-calf pair, were again seen feeding from bottom vegetation, this time on the south bank of the area around the entrance to Cedar Hammock Creek.  They milled slowly a little bit until a helicopter panicked them and they all dove dramatically, then milled and traveled east along the south bank.

  27. 06/22/2016 09:35 AM
    • Leonard was found feeding at the entrance to Cedar Hammock Creek with 4 other animals, tossing their heads and chewing, but seemed easily spooked by my kayak and milled away even when I was approaching from a distance.  They socialized at the surface, and then it turned to cavorting, during which Leonard flipped over slowly and gave me a view of his belly.  He has a flat stomach with no folds and looks good. The cavorting was brief and they went back to socializing at the surface and on bottom.

  28. 06/04/2016 09:24 AM
    • He was seen milling in Banana Creek, one mile west of Seven Pines Creek entrance, west along the south bank with a mother and calf pair and one other adult. Leonard was staying close with the other adult and the mother and calf were leading the way.  The group stopped to feed on thalassia on bottom--a gorge session with lots of enthusiastic head tossing.  Then they milled a little way back east, still along the south bank, staying together and stopping to socialize.

  29. 05/26/2016 10:45 AM
    • Leonard made me work for this one...he was found 2.5 miles west of Kennedy Parkway on the south bank of Cedar Hammock Creek.  He was hanging out bottom resting by himself near a culvert, stirring only once as the security airboat and “White Huey of Doom” responded to a call downstream.  He then went back to bottom resting and continued for the rest of the observation.

  30. 05/19/2016 10:00 AM
    • Leonard was found in his new favorite spot: the flood control structure at the southeast corner of the shuttle landing strip connecting to Cedar Hammock Creek.  It appears to be a freshwater source with a lot of solar warming so 8 adults and 2 calves were also there.  Leonard bottom rested for the majority of the observation period. At one point his tag was completely submerged so there are deep spots here and there.

  31. 05/11/2016 12:50 PM
    • Leonard was initially spotted about midway up a canal connecting the stormwater runoff canals of the old Shuttle Landing Strip to Cedar Hammock Creek in upper Banana River with 6 other animals.  A fish struck something near him, causing him to begin moving toward the runway.  At the end of the canal there was a concrete flood control structure with a trickle of water coming off of it, from which multiple animals were drinking.  Leonard then bottom rested for the remainder of the observation period.

  32. 05/08/2016 08:27 AM
    • Leonard was seen milling by himself east in Banana Creek, going into the Shuttle Launch creek.  He milled around in the area just inside the entrance, possibly feeding on bottom vegetation but unable to confirm.

  33. 04/20/2016 09:30 AM
    • Leonard was seen slowly milling around where Kennedy Parkway crosses Banana Creek.  I did get a good look at his face briefly and there appears to be a lesion above his left eye;  I was only able to get one quick look as he was not interested in interacting with my kayak or letting me near again.  One other animal was nearby.  He did have an occasional moment or two of zoominess later on in the afternoon, for unknown reasons.  There was a fairly good supply of accessible mangrove and new growth spartina, but he didn’t investigate them during this observation period.

  34. 04/13/2016 09:10 AM
    • I was finally successful in catching Leonard when he made one of his cyclical trips from the culvert area in Banana Creek to the entrance of Cedar Hammock Creek.  He was by himself and staying still on bottom, but bits of unknown vegetation were floating up around him so it is likely he was feeding.  Unfortunately he did not display any chewing or head-throwing to confirm this.  Then he started his trip back to the culvert outflow, milling and traveling back.

  35. 04/04/2016 02:41 PM
    • Leonard was seen with several other animals in Banana Creek close to Indian River, but the others were some distance away.  He traveled away from a boat passing through at idle speed. 

  36. 03/29/2016 11:11 AM
    • Leonard bottom-rested near the center of Banana Creek by himself, but appeared to wake up even before my kayak entered the water.  He milled around the area slowly after that until he was disturbed by passing aircraft and began to travel. 

  37. 03/24/2016 09:51 AM
    • It looked like Leonard had unfortunately lost the group he was seen traveling with on Tuesday.  He was seen traveling just outside Brock Creek in Indian River at a faster rate this morning by himself, south along the east bank of the river.  His face still looks good, with no white on it. 

  38. 03/22/2016 01:22 PM
    • Leonard alternated between milling and traveling west of Skunk Island at the entrance to Banana Creek, responsive to our boat being in the area.  He met up with two other animals and they socialized, appearing to chase each other.  When they seemed to settle down in a group he was approached for an in-water body condition assessment, but traveled away.  His face was observed, though, and looked very good, with no white spots or any other signs of cold stress. 

  39. 03/16/2016 11:12 AM
    • This was Leonard's second venture out of the power plant outflow since his release, and he was traveling quickly south along the west bank of Indian River south of the power plant outflow, near the docks.  He was by himself.  

  40. 03/10/2016 11:39 AM
    • He was seen milling in a group of 4 to 5 other animals within the around 75 that were at the Canaveral power plant that day.  He was close to Carmine in the northwest corner of the outflow, close to the plant building.  Winds were very high. 

  41. 03/08/2016 09:35 AM
    • Leonard was seen in a cavorting group in the corner of the outflow area near the plant building.  Then the group calmed down to socializing, interacting with each other near the surface.  He has been consistently social since his release.

  42. 03/02/2016 08:48 AM
    • He socialized within the larger group of about 75 other animals at the power plant outflow, including Sheldon and MC Hammock.  Occasionally he pulled his tag under and interacted in a tactile way with other animals at the surface.

  43. 02/27/2016 01:00 PM
    • Leonard appeared to be milling and resting in the southwest corner of the outflow.  Hammock, Carmine, Bernadette, Sheldon, and Squiggy were all nearby.

  44. 02/26/2016 12:47 PM
    • Leonard was in the central area of the outflow with more than 250 other animals.  He moved around occasionally in little bursts. 

  45. 02/21/2016 09:43 AM
    • He socialized and milled in the power plant outflow with about 75 other animals including Carmine, Bernadette, and MC Hammock.  He was slightly more active in milling today since the crowds have thinned. 

  46. 02/17/2016 09:00 AM
    • Leonard was seen socializing and staying still on bottom near the center of the Canaveral power plant outflow, closer in toward the warm water.  At least 250 other animals were there.  He was approached for an in-water body condition assessment and looked very good, with no cold stress on his face or body and still in good body condition. 

  47. 02/15/2016 09:04 AM
    • Leonard was observed milling and socializing with several other animals on the north end of the outflow.  There were at least 200 other animals in the outflow including Carmine.  

  48. 02/10/2016 12:32 PM
    • He was observed in the outflow area with at least 200 other animals.  Staying still on the bottom with normal respiration rates, behavior unknown, but presumably there to stay warm.

Data map is currently not present for Leonard.