Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A group of manatees recently stopped by at one of the piers at Bradenton's Riverewalk to say hi.
Patch recently spotted this group of manatees hanging out at one of the piers along Bradenton's Riverwalk. Ever seen these guys before? Add your manatee photos to our gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button in green. Or, you can upload them (or any other photos taken around Bradenton) to our Pics & Clips gallery. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
It was a crappy day at the office for reporters this week covering the arrival of manatees at the South Florida Museum.
How did a few cameramen and women's Thursday go? Pretty crappy. Earlier this week, Bradenton Patch brought you the arrival of two manatees being rehabilitated at the South Florida Museum, but it there was a part of the story we left out until now. If you're easily grossed out, stop now, but given the headline, you know what you are in for. One of the manatees, Longo, was a little nervous during the ride from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and had defecated in his harness blanket, which you would expect animals to do. This wasn't an issue until Longo was ready to be placed in a holding tank at the South Florida Museum. With several Bradenton and Tampa-area media outlets on hand, the TV crews and newspapers wanted an up-close look of Longo being …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Longo and Cheeno will receive care and hang out with Snooty at the museum for the next year.
Two young manatees are on their way to recovery after arriving at the South Florida Museum on Thursday afternoon. Longo and Cheeno, both males, joined the world's oldest known manatee in captivity, Snooty, in the museum's tank after a trip from the Lowry Park Zoo. The two calves sufferred from cold stress, essentially a type of frost bite, and are underweight as a result. Long was rescued off of Longboat Key in January 2012, weighs 675 pounds, while Cheeno was rescued in the Caloosahatchee River in February 2012, and weighs 465 pounds. “We like manatees to be about 800 pounds at release, and if they are going to be tagged, they need to be big enough for the belt we put at the base of the tail to fit well,” said Marilyn Margold, the …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Both manatees are fitted with GPS tags so biologists can monitor their movements and track them closely. The public can follow the movements of Charlie and Epac, as well.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Toni Whitt
Tuesday, February 5
Two juvenile Manatees that have been going through rehabilitation at the South Florida Museum have been released into warm waters where other Manatees gather. Both of the Manatees were tagged and will be monitored to make sure they are surviving well in the wild. Charlie, released Monday morning, Feb. 4, at Homosassa Springs, was rescued in November of 2010 as a young calf with his mother, who had been hit by a boat. His mother did not survive and Charlie was bottle fed and taught to eat whole food at the Miami Seaquarium’s manatee hospital. Epac, who was rescued in January of 2011 from Matlacha Pass near Cape Coral suffering from cold stress, was released on Jan. 23 at Apollo Beach in the warm waters near the TECO power plant. Both …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Manatees Hugh and Buffett at the Mote Marine Aquarium chose the Baltimore Ravens to win the big game on Sunday.
Everybody has a Super Bowl prediction, and if we have learned anything, it's best to leave up these important decisions to wildlife. Mote Marine's manatees Hugh and Buffett have been in the prediction business for awhile, and the duo have quite the record recently. Buffett has selected the winning team for five years straight. Hugh predicted the winning team three of the last five years. Both probably have better records than some ESPN pundits. On Friday, both Buffett and Hugh selected the Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII (that's 47 for the Roman numeral impaired). The manatees were presented with the helmet logos of each team and they swam to the logo of their choice. "They seem to have some 'sense' …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was arrested for illegal ride on a manatee in late September.
The September manatee rider at Fort De Soto Park was arrested and charged Saturday—more than seven weeks after she turned herself in to authorities. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53 years old, was arrested and charged Saturday, for violating the Manatee Sanctuary Act. Gutierrez had been photographed sitting on and riding a manatee in Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 30. After her picture had been published by media sources, Gutierrez turned herself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Oct. 2, but investigators initially said they couldn't charge her because they believed they had to have witnessed it. Her charges were then forwarded to the State Attorney's Office. The State Attorney's Office issued a warrant for her arrest on Saturday and …
Monday, November 19, 2012
With manatees moving to warmer waters as the temperature dips in Florida, boaters are reminded to take extra precautions to protect them.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, November 19, 2012
Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs, more shallow protected areas or canals adjacent to power plant outflows. An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death. Seasonal manatee protection zone went into effect on Nov. 15. November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month because of this seasonal migration. As authorities said earlier this year, you should probably try to avoid riding the manatees. “Many manatees in Florida have scars from run-ins with boats. We can do …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman seen riding and handling a manatee, an endangered species.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for helping in identifying and finding a woman spotted astride a manatee in the waters off Fort De Soto Park Sunday. Deputies responded to a call from park rangers at Fort De Soto that a woman was riding a manatee in the waters north of the Gulf Pier. The woman was unable to be found when deputies arrived, but witnesses were able to provide descriptions and photos of the woman, which also were posted to Facebook. According to a post on the Friends of Fort De Soto Facebook page, the manatees that the woman was riding were mating at the time of the incident. One of the commenters wrote: "I was shocked when I saw this lady in the water with the Manatees that were mating, It got worse …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Authorities hope to locate a rehabilitated manatee they had been tracking with a radio transmitted that must have fallen off the tagged mammal.
A rehabilitated manatee apparently has ditched a radio transmitter, prompting wildlife officials to ask the public for help in spotting the wayward sea mammal. The Bradenton Herald reports that a manatee named Tippecanoe may be swimming in the Manatee River-Sarasota Bay area. The manatee was tagged with a radio transmitter that has been found near Punta Gorda. Officials now would like to know the location of Tippecanoe. They say he may be easily identified by a belt that had held the trasnmitter, according to the Bradenton Herald. Anyone who may have seen the missing manatee is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
Friday, April 13, 2012
The herd of manatees was just off shore and breeding.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Toni Whitt
Friday, April 13, 2012
A herd of manatees mating off shore drew a crowd of visitors and photographers at De Soto National Park Thursday morning. More than a dozen manatees were about five feet offshore, near the nature trail at the national seashore park. Biologists from Mote Marine Laboratory came to the site to track their behavior and document which manatees were in the herd. Two biologists from Mote Marine recognized a couple of the sea mammals. Jennifer Helseth, a staff biologist with Mote, has been photographing and counting manatees in this region for the past five years. With her was senior biologist Sheri Barton, who has been researching manatees for 15 years. "Everytime we get a call about a mating herd we come out," Helseth said. The pair takes photos…