Harold (aka Kodi) the manatee is a free man! After being given a clean bill of health, the logistics of his release were thoughtfully sorted out. On Thursday, 19 March 2009, this manatee was released near Crystal River on the west coast of Florida. He is once again outfitted with a radio/satellite tag, which will allow researchers to track the adventurous animal’s movements. For a short time following the release, his movements were observed by boat. He appeared to be fine and soon met up with another adult manatee. A short time later he joined another, smaller animal.
Thanks to US Fish & Wildlife, Miami Seaquarium and US Geological Survey (among others?) who were all involved in the successful return of this animal to the wild. I can’t wait to hear where he goes next!