we were thrilled….thinking we had found something rarely seen, so I sent the photos on to Georgia Zern
Manatee Protection Program Manager
Marine Mammal Stranding Team Manager
Estuarine Restoration Program Manager
Volusia County Environmental Management
They were put into their data base. Luckily I had 3 photos…which is a requirement.
She forwarded them to Ranger Hartley of Blue Springs. This is his response to her….she, in turn, forwarded it to me:
“The mother is H. Granger; her calf is to her left. The calf on the right is
Kee (female). I can make out the R brand on Kee's shoulders. Kee was
adopted by Della at Lowery Park Zoo while Della was recovering from a boat
strike. Della, Pal (her calf while in captivity) and Kee were released this
summer at Palatka. Della and Pal came in on 29 Nov. So did H. Granger and
calf. Kee was first seen with Park and calf on 2 Dec. Kee left Park and went
over to nurse on Cheryl (with calf), Cheryl was in on 18 Nov. Since arrival
Kee has nursed on several different mothers.”
Note the “prop” scars and look for them on the next Manatee you see….perhaps it will be H Granger….it will be like seeing an old friend.