About Blanche

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 64245

Blanche was found in Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County on July 21, 2014, as a female orphaned calf. At the time of her rescue she was 110 centimeters long and weighed only 49 pounds, found without a mother but trying to nurse from other females in the area. She was brought to SeaWorld to rehabilitate and has now grown to 735 pounds and 215 centimeters. Blanche was released into Indian River in Port St John on February 27, 2017, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 04/22/2017 10:42 AM
    • Blanche was found milling with 6 other animals near the OUC intake canal entrance. After 45 minutes she traveled southeast with one other animal and headed out near the center of Indian River. After a brief stay, she slowly traveled back to OUC and she and the other animal milled near the entrance again.

  2. 04/19/2017 01:25 PM
    • Blanche hung out on bottom with 2 other animals in the intake area of the OUC plant, with a respiration rate of 5-7 minutes apart. There was a strong wind from the southeast with chop and whitecaps.

  3. 04/14/2017 01:13 PM
    • Blanche was seen just south of Nasa Causeway in Indian River feeding on bottom vegetation with one other animal.  Winds were very high with heavy chop in just about every other area, but since winds were coming from the northeast this corner was somewhat sheltered.  She and the other animal fed as she was approached for an in-water body condition.  Visibility was poor, but her belly felt flat to slightly rounded and her shoulders/neck still have some fat.  Body condition 3.  She milled away afterwards so unfortunately that interrupted her feeding.

  4. 04/10/2017 03:45 PM
    • Blanche was observed on the west bank of Indian River almost a mile south of the 528 bridge, slowly moving north along the shore. Respiration intervals were 3-4 minutes, and she was by herself at the time.

  5. 04/05/2017 05:25 PM
    • Blanche hung out on bottom in the deep hole in the northwest corner at the power plant, possibly avoiding the chop at the surface.  But she did occasionally socialize on the surface with the 8 others who were in the area, including Shirley.

  6. 03/29/2017 09:50 AM
    • Blanche was in the northwest corner of the Canaveral power plant outflow, where she spent her time milling and socialing with other animals. At least 50 others were there today. She does have 2 small scrapes on the top of her head and 2-3 more in the shoulder area. The scrapes seemed shallow and were white in color, with no pink. Her behavior was normal with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes.

  7. 03/27/2017 02:33 PM
    • Blanche actively milled and socialized in the northwest corner of the power plant outflow during most of the observation period. Blanche and Shirley socialized for a few moments and then settled in on bottom, with respiration intervals of 5-6 minutes. Her facial coloring still looks good.

  8. 03/25/2017 01:32 PM
    • Blanche was milling within a group of at least 50 other animals near a corner of the FPL outflow. She seemed to be socializing at times. Winds were high and water was very choppy.

  9. 03/20/2017 01:31 PM
    • Blanche milled and socialized with 2 animals in the power plant outflow, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes. A fishing boat entered the outflow area, causing a disturbance among the animals. Once the captain was educated about the area’s restrictions the boat left the area. Blanche's nose is just a little pale, but better than most in the area. She was joined by Shirley late in the observation, along with Stone and 3 other tagged animals. At least 100 other animals there.

  10. 03/17/2017 04:20 PM
    • Blanche was located in Port St John in the power plant outflow, milling for the entire observation period in the northeast corner. Respiration rates were 3-5 minutes apart, and her facial coloration was dark solid grey. Shirley and 5 other tagged animals were in the outflow as well.

  11. 03/15/2017 04:10 PM
    • Blanche was located at the Canaveral power plant in Port St John settled in on the bottom at the northeast corner of the outflow, where she remained for the entire observation. Respiration rates were 4-6 minutes. Shirley and Salt were in the same location, and around 150 other animals were in the outflow. Water temperature there was 21.5 C.

  12. 03/08/2017 12:10 PM
    • Blanche milled actively for 35 minutes in the outflow of the Canaveral power plant. Over 150 other animals were estimated to be there. Her respiration rate while milling was 3-5 minutes. She eventually settled on the bottom with respiration rates of 5-7 minutes.

  13. 03/06/2017 12:36 PM
    • Blanche was seen at the Canaveral power plant outflow with at least 100 other animals. She spent the entire observation period staying on the bottom, not sleeping and with regular respirations, presumably keeping warm in this slight cool front.

  14. 03/05/2017 02:35 PM
    • Shirley and Blanche both went to the Canaveral power plant outflow during the slight cool front.

  15. 03/02/2017 01:33 PM
    • Blanche spent most of the observation milling around the OUC plant outflow. Shirley and one other animal were also in the area. At one point a fisherman entered the area, and Blanche exited the outflow heading south; she returned about 40 minutes later and continued milling. Respiration intervals were regular at 3-5 minutes.

  16. 02/27/2017 02:24 PM
    • Blanche was released with Shirley this morning at Port St. John. Later in the day Blanche was seen milling steadily by herself about 20 yards offshore just south of the Canaveral power plant. She was slowly moving out toward the center of the river, eventually heading north. Respiration rates were 3-5 minutes apart for the entire observation.

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