About Carmine

Gender: Male
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Carmine, a male manatee, was rescued on September 7, 2013, from Ormond Beach in Volusia County because he was an orphan.  When found, he measured 126 cm in length and weighed 64 lbs.  He was brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation and has now grown to 225 cm and 585 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. 07/01/2016 02:00 PM
    • Carmine’s entire set of equipment was recovered just south of the CCEC FPL plant yesterday.  It did not break at the belt’s weak link and may have been either cut or torn off.  Carmine has been doing well so far and looked good at his last in-water body condition and visuals, so hopefully he will keep making good decisions.

  2. 06/21/2016 04:32 PM
    • Carmine was seen doing some start-and-stop milling and traveling, generally in a northward direction along the west bank from the CCEC FPL plant.  He was by himself and around 200 ft out from the bank.

  3. 06/11/2016 01:30 PM
    • Carmine spent the majority of the visual socializing with about 12 other animals just north of the barge canal bridge. His head breached the surface several times touching nose and body with other animals. A local resident reported a large amount of manatee activity in this area during the past week.

  4. 06/04/2016 11:50 AM
    • Carmine kept me busy today while he milled for the entire visual. He was seen on the east bank of Indian River in a canal north of the Canaveral Barge Canal with 5 adults and one calf, and he kept his tag mostly submerged. His respiration rates were normal.

  5. 05/25/2016 11:07 AM
    • Carmine was found hanging out alone on the west bank of Indian River, bottom resting 2 miles north of the A1A overpass.  After a bit he began to move around, milling in the area, then traveling generally northward and stopping occasionally to munch on bottom vegetation. Eventually he continued traveling northward.

  6. 05/18/2016 11:30 AM
    • Carmine was found (after some milling of my own) bottom resting in about 5 ft of water with the tag completely submerged for 8-9 minutes at a time.  He was by himself just south of the Canaveral power plant peninsula. He did reposition once due to boat traffic but went back to sleep pretty quickly.

  7. 05/03/2016 10:14 AM
    • Carmine milled down the bank of the canal where there was one other adult and a mother-calf pair, and then went down to the blocked-off end and went to the bottom, then came up chewing on unknown vegetation.  After 15 minutes he milled around the blocked-off area, then bottom rested for the remaining hour.

  8. 04/26/2016 11:12 AM
    • Carmine and one other animal were milling along the north edge of the canal, then doing a start and stop milling behavior along the bank.  They left the canal and started traveling south toward CCEC FPL.  Once they left the canal, other animals in the area were feeding on unknown bottom vegetation and throwing their heads back.

  9. 04/23/2016 11:00 AM
    • Carmine was found bottom resting with 10 other animals at the far west end of the Reliant intake canal.  His behavior abruptly changed to traveling after about an hour.  He traveled out of the canal and headed south towards FPL.  He made it about halfway there before stopping, then milled with no clear direction for the remainder of the visual.

  10. 04/18/2016 11:45 AM
    • He was seen milling south along the shore with a large adult and subadult about half a mile north of the Port St John boat ramp.  The milling was stop and start but eventually they reached the FPL power plant, where there was already a group of 18 animals including Sheldon.  Carmine went to the deeper hole at the northwest corner of the outflow area and bottom-rested.

  11. 04/09/2016 12:00 PM
    • Carmine was found milling and socializing on the west end of the Reliant power plant intake canal with Sheldon and 20 other animals.  He was briefly seen possibly drinking from a 6-inch submerged pipe with 3 other animals.  The submerged pipe was a popular place.  Respiration rates were intervals of 4-6 minutes.

  12. 04/05/2016 02:48 PM
    • Carmine was seen milling in the old Reliant power plant canal with Squiggy, and one other adult there as well, going slowly along the south bank of the canal.

  13. 04/04/2016 02:08 PM
    • He milled into the old Reliant power plant canal along the bank and joined Squiggy who had already been there.  They socialized, then Carmine went on to mill into the mangrove area under the boom.  A mother-calf pair went into the blocked off area as well and socialized with him, and once they left, he surface-rested there.  Fresh halodule was floating in the canal and mangroves were also available. 

  14. 03/31/2016 09:05 AM
    • Carmine was first seen bottom-resting south of the 406 bridge with two other animals.  He appeared to have found a culvert along the seawall which possibly supplied fresh water.  The two large animals he was with seemed to be drinking from it and he did also in short intervals once he woke up, then socialized with the other two. 

  15. 03/22/2016 09:21 AM
    • Within a large group of over 200 other animals at the power plant Carmine socialized in a large group, occasionally milling in the south-central area of the outflow.  He was approached for an in-water body condition and looked good.  His face, however, now has several white blisters on it.   

  16. 03/16/2016 01:49 PM
    • He was seen traveling south along the south side of the power plant peninsula, then when he reached the deep area along the south side was staying still on bottom and coming up for regular 4-minute breaths.  His face was seen and looks good, with regular coloration.

  17. 03/10/2016 11:49 AM
    • Carmine bottom-rested in the northwest corner of the power plant outflow with a small group of about 5 other animals including Leonard.  He was resting in the deeper hole in that corner whose depth allowed him to pull his tag under  when on bottom, coming up for a breath every 11 minutes.  There were about 75 to 100 other animals at the plant.

  18. 03/02/2016 09:07 AM
    • He socialized with 3 other animals within the 100 there at the power plant outflow.  They were doing a calmer version of cavorting, interacting by touching each other's backs with their flippers. 

  19. 02/27/2016 01:05 PM
    • Carmine appeared to be milling and resting in the southwest corner of the outflow.  Hammock, Leonard, Bernadette, Sheldon, and Squiggy were all nearby.

  20. 02/26/2016 12:45 PM
    • Carmine traveled due east at the end of the peninsula along the southern edge of the power plant outflow, then around and into the outflow, spending some time near both Sheldon and the newly released Squiggy in the south area of the outflow.  At least 250 other manatees were there.

  21. 02/21/2016 09:06 AM
    • He continued to be very social and tactile with other animals, staying close in a small group in the south central area of the outflow of the power plant.  There were about 75 other animals there, including MC Hammock, Bernadette, and Leonard. 

  22. 02/17/2016 09:04 AM
    • Carmine socialized actively within a large group of other animals at the power plant outflow, pulling his tag under and allowing others to toy with it.  At least 250 other animals were there.  He was approachable for an in-water body condition and looked very good, still in good body condition with no cold stress lesions.

  23. 02/15/2016 09:02 AM
    • Carmine was observed milling the first 25 minutes of the visual.  Several animals were nearby, including Leonard.  He spent the rest of the visual resting on the north end of the outflow, with breaths approximately 10 minutes apart.

  24. 02/10/2016 12:30 PM
    • He was observed socializing and staying still on bottom in the outflow area with at least 200 other animals. 

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