About Squiggy

Gender: Male
Current Tag Id:

Squiggy, a male manatee, was rescued on July 6, 2013, from Sykes Creek in Merritt Island, Brevard County, as an orphaned calf.  He was 110 cm long at the time and only 35 pounds at the time.  He received critical care at SeaWorld and continued to grow and gain weight, measuring 229 cm long and weighing 655 lbs as of December 23, 2015.  He was released on February 26, 2016, at the Cape Canaveral power plant and will be monitored for one year by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 02/11/2017 08:55 AM
    • Squiggy spent the morning bottom-resting with about 200 other animals at the power plant outflow, and when he woke up came out a little further away from the seawall to socialize within a large, very tightly packed group in that area who very kindly tolerated a swimmer.  He was given an in-water body condition and looked great, with a nice rounded belly, so his gear was cut off. Squiggy has completed a successful year back out in the wild!

  2. 02/03/2017 11:10 AM
    • At the beginning of the observation Squiggy was bottom-resting in the power plant outflow, with respiration intervals of 10-11 minutes. When he woke up he began milling and then cavorting with other animals. After about half an hour Squiggy settled down to the bottom once again, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes. There were periodic large group disturbances due to a large pod of dolphins feeding in the outflow area.

  3. 01/26/2017 09:02 AM
    • In the Canaveral power plant outflow with around 100 other animals, Squiggy was bottom resting for the first half of the observation. After about 45 minutes Squiggy began milling which turned to cavorting.

  4. 01/20/2017 12:01 PM
    • Most of the usual crowd at the outflow had already left, but Squiggy was within a small group in the corner by the seawall along with Sheldon, socializing at the surface.  It occasionally turned to cavorting.

  5. 01/14/2017 09:26 AM
    • Squiggy slowly milled for much of the visual. There were two brief periods of social behavior where he appeared to bump noses with another animal. Leonard and Sheldon were nearby. Respiration intervals were 4-5 minutes.

  6. 01/08/2017 03:40 PM
    • Squiggy was seen socializing and staying still on bottom near the center of the power plant outflow.

  7. 01/02/2017 03:34 PM
    • Squiggy and 2 adults milled, in stop and start movements, about 75 ft off the bank 1/2 mile north of the FPL plant.  They were possibly feeding but it was not able to be confirmed.

  8. 12/27/2016 09:33 AM
    • He milled around the outside of the OUC plant with one other adult, staying along the bank.

  9. 12/22/2016 10:41 AM
    • Squiggy traveled into the power plant outflow from the north, coming in along the west edge by the seawall and milling for a while in the deeper hole there, then came closer to the plume and then further out into the center, hanging out with the others on bottom and presumably keeping warm.

  10. 12/12/2016 02:04 AM
    • Squiggy seemed to anticipate our tag exchange attempt right away, beginning to mill in small bursts as we entered the outflow area while the other animals appeared not to be bothered. His tag exchange was still completed somehow, so he now has a tag with functioning GPS. He definitely did not tolerate an in-water body condition assesment, so I’ll have to try again.

  11. 12/04/2016 01:57 AM
    • Squiggy’s tag was heard a little south of the Canaveral FPL outflow.

  12. 12/02/2016 01:56 AM
    • In response to the cold front, Squiggy was keeping warm in the Canaveral FPL outflow. He wouldn’t allow a tag exchange to replace his non-functional GPS tag, so we will continue trying.

  13. 10/27/2016 10:25 AM
    • Squiggy stayed on bottom in the deep intake canal, popping up in different spots each time and leaving eventually, evading tag exchange.  Two other animals were in the canal, one feeding on unknown bottom vegetation in the corner just behind the barricade.

  14. 10/25/2016 04:10 PM
    • Checked the canal and he wasn’t there in the morning, so I listened for him all day along the west coast.  At some point he came back to the plant canal, where I found him near the end of the day socializing with one other animal and then settling down to bottom-rest.  I’ve gotten permission from the plant to let me try again for a tag exchange on slightly shorter notice for Thursday.

  15. 10/24/2016 04:20 PM
    • Between the difficulty of both Squiggy's and Leonard's tag exchanges, starting to feel a little like Maria in Sound of Music when she’s being harassed from every angle by all the Von Trapp children.  Since Squiggy has no longer been keeping so closely to the OUC discharge canal, finally located him near the end of the day traveling in a sort of southward direction.  Planned to check the canal early the next morning to continue attempts on his tag exchange.

  16. 10/15/2016 09:34 AM
    • Squiggy’s tag is no longer giving GPS updates, but the VHF signal is still audible. However, he has changed his routine circuit and no longer seems to be spending much time in the power plant discharge canal. We are trying to locate him via the tag’s VHF signal.

  17. 09/28/2016 01:43 PM
    • Squiggy socialized with one other animal on the surface and on bottom in the OUC canal.

  18. 09/15/2016 10:50 AM
    • Since GPS on Squiggy’s tag has stopped working, the last few days of August and first weeks of September have been spent on attempts to exchange his tag.  In-water access to the canal he was frequenting was denied.  However, Squiggy’s habits are mostly to travel north along the west bank of Indian River to feeding grounds before daylight, then travel back in the early morning.  Attempts to exchange the tag while he was at a fast travel back in were completely unsuccessful.  Permission to swim in the industrial canal has now been granted but is still in progress; however, one attempt was made. Unfortunately he was evasive, so attempts will continue.  Audible VHF is still working on his tag, so he can be tracked through that.

  19. 08/17/2016 03:33 PM
    • Squiggy bottom-rested at the end of the outflow canal with 7 other adults, who were bottom-resting and drinking from the freshwater runoff.  Got a good visual of Squiggy’s face, neck, and shoulders, which all look good, filled-out, with no new marks.

  20. 08/06/2016 09:07 AM
    • Squiggy rested inside the Reliant outflow canal for much of the visual with one other animal.  He was seen drinking from freshwater runoff from the pipe approximately one hour in.  The drink was brief and he quickly returned to resting.

  21. 07/30/2016 11:35 AM
    • Squiggy was resting in the Reliant outflow canal when located. He continued this behavior for the duration of the visual.  2 other animals were drinking from a drain pipe nearby. Respiration rates were normal for resting behavior.

  22. 07/23/2016 11:05 AM
    • Squiggy was found outside of Reliant again today, on the west bank of Indian River south of Nasa Parkway. He was resting with one other animal, then awakened by several dolphins hunting nearby. He milled briefly and then socialized with the other animal, touching noses one time. Respiration rates were normal.

  23. 07/19/2016 01:45 PM
    • He was again caught on one of his jaunts away from the Reliant plant, just north of Manatee Hammock campground. He was with 2 other adults, moving around slowly on bottom, possibly feeding but it couldn’t be confirmed.  They stayed close together, then milled for brief periods in no particular direction among docks.

  24. 07/17/2016 07:30 AM
    • An early morning visual found Squiggy about 1 mile north of the Reliant power plant. He was slowly milling, possibly feeding at times. Small pieces of algae were floating nearby. No other animals were there, but an hour later he traveled south to the Reliant plant and joined 2 other animals there. After a brief period of milling, he rested for the final minutes of the visual.

  25. 07/10/2016 09:45 AM
    • Squiggy was found with 5 other adults and 1 calf inside the Reliant power plant canal. He engaged in heavy socialization and mild cavorting throughout the first half of the visual. He also drank from a drainage pipe 3 different times and was seen eating bottom vegetation twice. He finally settled into a sound bottom rest the final 80 minutes of the visual. Gas bubbles were also seen from him during this visual.

  26. 06/29/2016 03:20 PM
    • Squiggy was seen bottom-resting with 4 others at the old Reliant power plant, at the end. He had gas during this visual, so he has possibly been feeding when he makes his occasional trips north toward upper Indian River as well as on bottom vegetation at the power plant.

  27. 06/21/2016 03:50 PM
    • He and one other adult were hanging out along the north bank of the Reliant outflow canal.  Argos shows he is leaving the canal more frequently this month.  The other adult approached him to socialize, then Squiggy milled to the end of the canal near the pipes but drinking was not confirmed.  Then he milled along the south side.

  28. 06/12/2016 09:10 AM
    • Squiggy and 3 other adults were socializing at the surface of the end of the Reliant outflow canal and occasionally going over to the pipes to drink before he went to the side under the tree branches, possibly to start to go to sleep.  He was approached for an in-water body condition and found to have a flat to slightly concave belly, but with no folds.  His head and neck still look good with a roll of fat, and his belt is not excessively loose.

  29. 06/11/2016 11:00 AM
    • Squiggy rested and milled for the duration of the visual. He was in his habitual location at the Reliant outflow canal. No other manatees were in the area. Respiration rates were normal. Three dolphins kept him company in the canal for approximately 30 minutes while they hunted.

  30. 06/03/2016 05:08 PM
    • Squiggy and two other adults were sliding up the concrete wall of the canal eating leaves off of trees, and later coming up to the surface chewing vegetation from the bottom.  Then they moved around slowly on bottom and surfaced together, socializing.

  31. 05/25/2016 03:35 PM
    • Squiggy was again found in the discharge canal of the old Reliant power plant in Titusville.  Upon arrival he was slowly milling about with three adults and one calf until settling in to bottom rest under an overhanging mangrove.  Other animals were observed drinking from a drainpipe in the southwest corner of the structure.

  32. 05/18/2016 01:30 PM
    • Squiggy was found hanging out at the old Reliant outflow canal behind the fence, all the way in next to the southernmost pipe.  He alternated between bottom resting, surface resting, milling, and socializing with the 5 adults and 2 calves there.

  33. 05/08/2016 04:16 PM
    • He and three other animals were staying together in a group on bottom, coming up for regular respirations, occasionally following each other around in small, short movements.

  34. 05/03/2016 12:12 PM
    • Squiggy was seen feeding on bottom vegetation and leaves from branches along the north bank of the Reliant outflow canal for 20 minutes.  There were 8 other animals at the end of the canal who appeared to be drinking from the pipes and milling.  He then began to bottom-rest.

  35. 04/26/2016 02:56 PM
    • Squiggy was seen in the fenced-off outflow area of the old Reliant power plant feeding on the branches of overhanging mangroves, and then milling out toward the entrance along the north bank.

  36. 04/21/2016 12:40 PM
    • Squiggy was in the fenced-off Reliant canal with 3 other animals, socializing and staying still on bottom together at first, then they moved purposely together to the north bank of the canal where there were some overhanging branches and leaves and other vegetation floating on top.  They stretched to reach the branches and fed from them and the floating vegetation on the surface for 20 minutes.

  37. 04/10/2016 08:55 AM
    • Squiggy was found resting in the old Reliant outflow canal.  He seems to be partial to this area, though he left at different points during the day on 4/8 and 4/9.  There were brief periods of milling behavior interspersed.  Carmine and one other animal were nearby, but Squiggy did not socialize with them.  Respiration rates were 11-13 minutes when resting.

  38. 04/05/2016 02:48 PM
    • He milled along the bank of the old Reliant power plant canal, then went under the boom into the blocked-off area of mangroves and socialized with one other animal.  Carmine was also in the area. 

  39. 04/04/2016 02:08 PM
    • Squiggy was found milling along the bank of the old Reliant power plant canal, then was joined by Carmine and socialized.  Once Carmine continued to the blocked-off area, Squiggy moved slowly up and down the bank.  It is possible he was feeding or trying to browse on mangrove roots, and there were bits of fresh green halodule floating, but unfortunately I was unable to confirm it. 

  40. 04/03/2016 08:40 AM
    • He was observed milling near the old Reliant power plant outflow for 20 minutes, then bottom rested by himself in the same area.

  41. 03/29/2016 02:23 PM
    • In the intake canal of the old Reliant power plant Squiggy and one other animal were seen on the north bank.  They socialized, once lifting their tails out of the water almost as if they were cavorting.  

  42. 03/26/2016 10:00 AM
    • Squiggy began the visual milling outside the old Reliant power plant outflow.  He later made his way into the outflow where he rested near the pipes.  One other animal was there along with one large alligator.  Respiration occurred in regular intervals of 6-7 minutes.   

  43. 03/22/2016 11:13 AM
    • Squiggy milled, alternating between a slow and rapid pace, within the intake canal of the old Reliant power plant north of Canaveral FPL.  Sheldon was nearby on the outside of the boom on the north bank of the canal, and then another animal milled in and dove under the boom to the mangrove-lined corner where Squiggy had been.  After a few minutes of milling Squiggy came over beside him, socializing.  The other animal began feeding on bottom, but gas was seen from Squiggy, indicating that at some point he had been feeding. 

  44. 03/16/2016 09:48 AM
    • Squiggy was seen traveling and milling in the outflow with four other animals around.  He was approached for an in-water body condition but kept traveling away.  His face was seen, however, and its appearance has changed from the slightly white appearance last week to small white speckles.

  45. 03/10/2016 02:17 PM
    • He was seen socializing and sheltering from the high winds under a bridge on the west bank of Indian River.  He was with 4 other animals, staying close to them, and in warm water.  Respiration rates were normal. 

  46. 03/09/2016 01:25 PM
    • Squiggy was found bottom resting in an old dock dredge depression with 4 other animals on the west bank of southern Indian River.  Respiration rates were normal, and after a little while he began to mill around before traveling northward with the other animals.  He did have some white on his face and a few small lesions around his nose; we will continue to monitor this, whether it is indicative of cold stress or some other type of dermatitis. 

  47. 03/02/2016 11:01 AM
    • He was seen milling with one other animal in the no entry zone canal of the out of use power plant north of Canaveral FPL.  They swam under the fence blocking boat entry and continued into the plant canal. 

  48. 02/27/2016 01:09 PM
    • Squiggy appeared to be milling and resting in the southwest corner of the outflow.  MC Hammock, Bernadette, Leonard, Carmine, and Sheldon were all nearby. 

  49. 02/26/2016 12:45 PM
    • After release, Squiggy stayed in the Canaveral power plant outflow, at first staying near the center and closer in to the outflow with Sheldon, and then joined by Carmine when he traveled in.  He stayed quietly on bottom at times but also did a lot of milling around, going from the center of the outflow to the southeast corner, not quite out into the river.  

Data map is currently not present for Squiggy.