Press Release: Sea to Shore Alliance
Crystal River, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – Researchers with Sea to Shore Alliance and Dauphin Island Sea Lab are asking for the public’s help in locating a tagged manatee named “Brodie” that was tagged in August 2012. The satellite tracking equipment used to monitor Brodie stopped transmitting April 12. Anyone who sees a manatee with a belt, located on the animal just above the tail, is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
Brodie’s tag stopped working 10 days ago and based on his movement patterns, researchers anticipate that Brodie might still be in the Crystal River area. There is a chance though, that he could have begun his spring time northwesterly move to Alabama. We are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Public sightings of Brodie will provide researchers the opportunity to attach another tag to allow for continued monitoring of his adaptation and health. IF YOU SEE A TAGGED MANATEE, PLEASE:
- Call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC, *FWC or #FWC on your cellular phone, or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio.
- Give dispatchers the time, date, and location where you saw the belted manatee.
- Let dispatchers know whether the animal was with any other animals.
Brodie was originally captured and tagged in August 2012 to gain a better understanding of manatee movements in Alabama waters and migration patterns to a warm water source in Florida for winter survival.
The tracking device consists of a belt, tether, and radio-transmitter tag. The belt is placed around the animal’s peduncle, the narrow area above the tail, and it is designed to fall off after a specific time period. The tether is attached to the belt and is designed to break free if entangled. The radio-transmitter tag is attached to the tether and floats just above the surface of the water line when the manatee is in shallow waters.
For more information about the manatees currently being tracked, visit www.wildtracks.org
Sea to Shore Alliance, please contact Monica Ross at 407-739-9260
Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama, please contact Dr. Ruth Carmichael at 251-861-2141
Sea to Shore Alliance, through research, education, and conservation, works to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them. Sea to Shore Alliance is a Florida-based 501(c)(3) grassroots, field-based research, conservation, and education organization with projects in the U.S., Belize, Cuba, and West Africa. Projects focus on three key species: manatees, sea turtles, and right whales. Please visit www.Sea2Shore.org to learn more.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab is Alabama’s marine environmental research and education consortium. For more information on our marine mammal and other research programs visit merl.disl.org/projects.htm.