About Blanche

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 64244

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. 10/02/2017 02:22 PM
    • Water levels in the canal were higher than they were last week, perhaps due to rain, and it was very easy for Blanche to reach the land grasses along the wall.  She fed for 20 minutes by herself before milling along the pipes and then out to the center of the canal. She is still making trips north up to the bridge during the night and early mornings.

  2. 09/28/2017 12:49 PM
    • She was bottom-resting in a group with 5 others in the canal, with respirations 12 minutes apart, for 50 minutes.  One by one the animals in the group woke up and nuzzled each other.

  3. 09/24/2017 06:55 AM
    • At first light this morning Blanche was seen about 250 yards north of OUC. She was traveling southbound with 1 other animal towards the outflow canal. After their arrival she milled for 25-30 minutes before socializing for the remainder of the visual with her traveling partner. Gas bubbles were seen from her about one hour later.

  4. 09/16/2017 09:00 AM
    • Blanche has been making more trips out of OUC lately to one of her feeding grounds 1/2 mile north on the west bank of Indian River. She was observed back in the OUC outflow canal this morning with 3 other animals, bottom-resting. Water levels there were 1.5 to 2 feet higher due to Hurricane Irma. She drank from the drain pipe on the west end of the outflow, the flow of which was significantly greater. She then milled near the other 3 animals for the remainder of the visual. Respiration rates were 9-10 minutes apart during bottom resting. Gas bubbles were also seen from her twice this morning.

  5. 09/02/2017 08:15 AM
    • Blanche socialized with two other animals, with several nose to nose touches. Gas bubbles were seen from her twice during the observation. Respiration rates were 4-6 minutes. She is following the same pattern as Squiggy did last year and heavily utilizing the canal.

  6. 08/28/2017 02:58 PM
    • Blanche was socializing with 2 of the 8 other animals in the canal, nosing with them when they surfaced, with 5-6 minute respirations. She appeared to be trying to settle down into bottom-resting and respiration intervals lengthened to 7-8 minutes, but she seemed to be disturbed by her companions and socialized with them some more.

  7. 08/19/2017 09:30 AM
    • When we arrived Blanche was socializing with 3 other animals at the end of the canal at the freshwater pipe, but the others left and Blanche stayed there.  There were also a lot of animals in the intake canal.  We changed out her tag in a tag-team effort.  She has a healthy attitude towards people--curious but gets nervous about being approached. She is still in good body condition, with a slightly rounded belly.

  8. 08/13/2017 10:15 AM
    • Blanche milled and socialized with 4 other animals on the west end of the OUC outflow canal. Gas was seen from her about an hour into the visual. She has been making more trips north along the west bank of Indian River to other feeding grounds. Respiration rates were 4-6 minutes.

  9. 08/03/2017 11:29 AM
    • At first she was the center of a mating herd, which may have been trailing off near the start of the visual.  They broke off into socializing in smaller groups, with Blanche and 2 others nosing each other, and then moved over to the north wall where a lot of vegetation was growing and fed on that.

  10. 07/29/2017 10:05 AM
    • Blanche started the observation drinking from the pipe at the west end of the canal with one other animal. After about 10 minutes she began milling east, eventually exiting the canal and continuing to mill north up the coastline for about 25 minutes. She has been leaving the canal more frequently now.

  11. 07/22/2017 08:56 AM
    • Blanche was at the end of the OUC canal drinking at the start of today’s visual. Two other animals were in the area, but no interactions were noted. After drinking, she slowly milled around for about an hour. Gas was seen from her today, so she had been recently feeding. An hour later, respiration intervals lengthened as she began to bottom-rest.

  12. 07/12/2017 09:00 AM
    • Blanche was observed milling in the OUC canal for the beginning of the observation, then some socializing with 5 other animals. Eventually she settled in on the bottom to rest, with respiration rates of 8-10 minutes.

  13. 07/08/2017 02:03 PM
    • She and a large group of 23 animals were again at the hot spot, including two mother-calf pairs.  She and a small group were drinking at the pipe first, then she joined small groups to socialize on bottom and at the surface.

  14. 06/28/2017 09:10 AM
    • Blanche was seen in the OUC outflow canal in Indian River. She was quite active today, starting out at the east end of the canal feeding on some floating sea grass. About 20 minutes later she began milling, ending up at the west side with 4 other animals. She interacted with one for a few minutes, touching noses.

  15. 06/23/2017 01:20 PM
    • Blanche was active this afternoon. She was waking up from bottom-resting, and once awake, she alternated between drinking, feeding, and milling for much of the visual. There were 9 adults and one mother-calf pair there with her. The freshwater runoff pipe near the outflow was especially popular for her. At one point she and 2 other animals were all attempting to drink from it. This triggered a bout of social behavior that lasted the final 20 minutes of the visual.

  16. 06/14/2017 12:26 PM
    • Blanche was seen today with a large group of others, 6 adults and one mother-calf pair, at the center and end of the canal with regular 6-minute respiration rates, socializing with others and coming to the pipe to get a drink.  Her body condition looked very good today as she came to the pipe and rolled over.  Gas was also seen from her halfway through the visual.  Bits of halodule were floating throughout the canal, so some may have washed in and the group may have been feeding on that instead of doing a circuit out to feed last week.

  17. 06/10/2017 10:30 AM
    • I found Blanche in the west end of the OUC outflow canal. She was with 8 other adults plus 2 calves. She bottom-rested for most of the visual despite the social behavior of others near her. She woke up when a heavy band of rain showers moved through.

  18. 06/03/2017 09:05 AM
    • Blanche was seen outside the OUC outflow canal, milling with one other animal when I found her. She alternated between milling and traveling (north towards the NASA Causeway Bridge). It is likely she was feeding on and off while milling based on her behavior but it was unable to be verified.

  19. 05/27/2017 09:10 AM
    • Blanche was seen with a group of 5 other adults bottom-resting in the center of the OUC canal closer to the end. I got in to approach her for her in-water body condition and she woke up and responded by moving a little, but fortunately not much, and moved slowly up to meet me. She looks good, still with a slightly rounded belly, and her belt fits normally and not too loose, and she has some fat around her peduncle still.

  20. 05/20/2017 09:20 AM
    • Blanche was at the west end of the canal at OUC with a group: 8 adults and 1 mother-calf pair. She spent most of the time bottom-resting, eventually starting to mill and socialize for about 10 minutes and then settling back down on the bottom once again.

  21. 05/11/2017 11:56 AM
    • Blanche and one other animal were seen about halfway down the outflow canal at the OUC plant.  At first they were both near the north bank of the canal facing the wall, and most likely feeding on bottom from their behavior, but I wasn’t able to confirm it.  Then they moved away from the wall and settled quietly on bottom until it turned into bottom-resting.

  22. 05/05/2017 11:25 AM
    • Blanche was seen milling offshore just north of the OUC plant by herself. She eventually made her way into the OUC north canal where she stayed, milling and hanging out on the bottom for about an hour. While on bottom her respiration intervals were 6-7 minutes. During this time I saw gas bubbles from her twice. Blanche moved back out and milled again, slowly moving south.

  23. 04/29/2017 08:44 AM
    • I caught up with Blanche as she entered the OUC outflow canal. Satellite data indicated she was arriving from a trip north of the NASA Causeway bridge several hours earlier. She milled briefly before bottom-resting with the 8 other animals there. Respirations were 8-10 minutes apart while resting.

  24. 04/26/2017 12:25 PM
    • Blanche was first located about 50 ft down the OUC north canal, surface-resting with respiration intervals of 8-10 minutes and then waking up and milling for 15 minutes. There were 2 other animals nearby in the canal. At that point she moved quickly out into Indian River, slowing down once she swam under the fence at the end of the canal. For the rest of the observation period Blanche milled about 50-100 yards offshore.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 03/05/2017 02:35 PM
    • Shirley and Blanche both went to the Canaveral power plant outflow during the slight cool front.

  39. 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.

  40. 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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