(September 11, 2015) --
Researchers with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) are asking for the public's help to locate a manatee named “Brodie,” a tagged manatee that is currently migrating from Florida back toward Alabama. Anyone who sees a manatee with a belt and/or satellite tag is asked to call DISL at 1-866-493-5803.
Based on recent sightings, researchers anticipate that Brodie might be in the Choctawhatchee Bay area. There is also a chance that he could have moved northwesterly to Alabama or further east into Florida. We are asking for the public's help in locating him. The tag is white with a white antenna and red/blue reflective tape.
Public sightings of Brodie will provide researchers the opportunity to continue monitoring his condition and movements. IF YOU SEE A TAGGED MANATEE, PLEASE:
• Take pictures and get GPS location if possible
• Call the DISL's Manatees Sighting Network toll-free at 1-866-493-5803
• Give the time, date, and location where you saw the manatee.
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 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 at the surface of the water when the manatee is in shallow water.
Brodie was originally captured and tagged in August 2012 as part of ongoing research to gain a better understanding of manatee movements in Gulf of Mexico waters and migration patterns to wintering grounds in Florida. For more information about the manatees currently being tracked by researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, please contact the Manatee Sighting Network at 866-493-5803 or visit manatee.disl.org. 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 www.disl.org.