- Tag Status
- Tag ID
- Date Tagged
- January 31, 2022
- Tagging Location
- Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, Florida
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Marduk, a large adult male manatee, was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with assistance from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute (CMARI), Volusia County, Save the Manatee Club, and Lake County Water Authority on January 31, 2022, due to suspected cold stress exposure from Lake Harris, Lake County, Florida.
He was reported in the same area for several days by a local citizen as Marduk would dive into the muddy bottom of the lake to stay warm as water temperatures dropped dramatically to critically low levels manatees cannot survive long within. Due to the fast response by the rescue team and the diligent eyes of the citizen, Marduk was able to be rescued and relocated immediately to Blue Spring State Park before he sustained long-term damage from the cold water exposure.
Marduk was estimated to weigh over 900 pounds at the time of his rescue and he was 306 centimeters long. CMARI outfitted Marduk with a GPS satellite tag upon his release into the warm water sanctuary of Blue Spring State Park and will be monitoring his movements as part of their Ocklawaha Manatee Use study which will also focus on manatee habitat selection within the Ocklawaha and St. Johns River systems. The data gathered will help deepen our understanding of manatee movements, behavior, and use of their habitat.
All manatee work was conducted under USFWS Research Permit # MA37808A-2.