This blog was created to allow the public to follow two manatees, Rita and her calf Georgie, as scientists track them after their release back into the wild. Please return for weekly updates.
NOTES FROM THE FIELD – WEEK 4:
A rainy morning prevented Kelly Melillo (Dolphin Communication Project) and Kendria Ferguson (BMMRO) from heading out on the boat to search for Rita and Georgie, but Argos satellite locations indicated that they were recently in the harbour.
In the late afternoon, we received a call from Al (a local fisherman) saying that manatees were under his dock just a few houses down. Manatees are frequently seen here when they are in the marina. Gina and her calf, JJ has been observed resting and feeding under this dock on numerous occasions.
We have the use of an extra GPS tag from USGS to deploy on another manatee should the opportunity arise. Having data from one of the resident manatees would enable us to compare with Rita’s evolving habitat use patterns.