Scientists Report Stokes the Manatee Missing GPS! May 26, 2015

Manatee News 5 26 2015

Three Sisters Springs, Citrus County, during 2015 manatee aerial survey Photo credit (FWC)

I just learned from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that my manatee buddy, Stokes, is missing his GPS tracker!  Stokes actually wears a belt with a tether, which supports his floating GPS radio tag. It is the Sea to Shore Alliance scientists who monitor manatee travels. And this GPS radio tag is their main monitoring tool.

The FWC explains sometimes the general public removes the radio tags on the manatees, believing they are actually helping them.

Stokes the manatee was rescued, rehabbed, and then released from cold stress last December. After Stokes was released in April, he was traveling in the mouth of the St. Johns River and in the Ortega River near Jacksonville.

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

www.wildtracks.org

Here’s another awesome link to learn more about manatees …

www.savethemanatee.org

~ Kobee Manatee

 

 

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Scientists Report Stokes the Manatee Missing GPS!

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Robert Scott Thayer

Robert Scott Thayer

Author Robert Scott Thayer is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His newest children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by 2012 Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. It’s about the clever protagonist, KOBEE MANATEE, in Thayer’s first children’s informational picture book.

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