- Tag Status
- Last Date Tagged
- December 19, 2022
- Tagging Location
- BSSP, swim platform
Please note: The presentation of data here does not constitute publication, and the researchers who contributed this data retain all intellectual property rights. Map created by Clearwater Marine Aquarium using Google Maps API. Data & Map © CMA. Use of this map or data without permission is prohibited without the written consent of the researcher. This map is automatically updated with new points each day. The manatee icon location point represents the most recent location received for this manatee. If the most recent point is more than two months old, then the manatee most likely lost their tag ending our ability to track their movement.
A ten-foot adult male named Fezzik was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with the assistance from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute and Volusia County Environmental Management on February 17, 2022, from Port St. Johns, Brevard County, Florida. He was rescued because of his emaciated body condition, weighing in at only 917 pounds, with an inability to swim level in the water. Fezzik received two months of critical care at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens manatee rehabilitation center and weighed 1125 pounds upon his release on April 19, 2022, in Welaka, Florida. CMARI tagged outfitted Fezzik with a GPS satellite tag and will be monitoring his movements as part of their manatee Northern Atlantic Coast study and as part of a cooperative study with state and federal agencies to assess manatee movement and habitat use as a result of the manatee Unusual Mortality Event.
All manatee work was conducted under USFWS Research Permit # MA37808A-2.