One of our Sarasota residents, Lizzie, had an eventful 2013. She was given a temporary satellite-linked tag during our health assessments in May, and she and her 3-year-old calf were regularly followed to compare their behavior with and without the tag. During one of these follows, SDRP staff noticed that Lizzie had become entangled with monofilament line around one of her flukes. Shortly after, her calf, F274, was struck by a boat propeller that left a large gash on his dorsal fin (he is still alive today). Lizzie and her calf were temporarily captured on July 20, 2013, to remove the fishing line and the tag. We still see her regularly in and around the waters of Palma Sola Bay. She gave birth to her eighth calf in May 2021.
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