About Junebug

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 158608

Junebug was found in Outer Clam Bay in Collier County on June 19, 2015, as a female orphaned calf. At the time of her rescue she was 126 centimeters long and weighed 77 pounds. She was brought to Miami Seaquarium to rehabilitate and then transferred to Columbus Zoo to continue to grow and gain weight. She has now grown to 920 pounds and is 273 centimeters long. Junebug was released at TECO power plant in Hillsborough County on January 18, 2018, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 02/18/2018 09:45 AM
    • Junebug was in the same spot as yesterday, still by herself and pacing in circles.  Respirations still between 1 and 3 minutes, varying.  She did also take breaks today to mill along the canal bank, but for only a few minutes.  She has lost some weight, as expected with all the moving she is doing, but she was a bit larger than the typical 600-700 lb release weight, having gone out at 920 exactly a month ago.  Her belly doesn’t yet have folds but is flat.  She has a thin layer of brown algae despite moving around so much.  I will be keeping an eye on her weight loss as well as the pacing behavior; we are still hoping this is hunger-related and will be resolved once she starts feeding, hopefully within the next week.

  2. 02/17/2018 11:10 AM
    • There was still quite a bit of pacing from Junebug today, but also some breaks where she would mill purposefully down the bank of the canal a little way, or just stay still in the water column.  She has moved over to the next northern canal--not a big move, but I'm hoping she's gradually exploring.  Her respirations today were again very varied, between 1 to 3 minutes depending on her speed.

  3. 02/15/2018 01:15 PM
    • Junebug was seen pacing again, by herself.  Respiration 2-5 minutes apart, varying.

  4. 02/14/2018 02:20 PM
    • Junebug is going back to pacing even though she is now out of TECO.  She was seen by herself today near the end of the same quiet canal as yesterday.  Respirations were 2-4 minutes apart.  She would occasionally stop pacing and be calm in the water column, but for just one to three minutes and then she would start again.

  5. 02/13/2018 12:38 PM
    • Junebug was seen by herself in a canal in central Apollo Beach, bottom-resting next to a dock for the entire visual.  Average of 8 minute respiration.

  6. 02/09/2018 12:00 PM
    • Junebug was found milling in the center of the canal past the tidal walk/pier.  The good news is that no pacing of any kind was observed this afternoon--all movement was in a straight line and/or intentional.  She began to slowly travel, heading west towards Tampa Bay.  Once near the buoy line at the end of the canal she kept going and headed out of TECO.  There were about 40 animals left at the plant.

  7. 02/07/2018 11:11 AM
    • Her behavior was similar to what has been seen for the past few days—pacing in tight (but today not that fast) circles near a small group of animals, and occasionally stopping beside them and appearing to socialize for a few minutes, then resuming. Respirations were 2-4 minutes apart. Most of the other animals have now left out of TECO, with probably around 30 left through the whole canal. It is concerning that she is still stressed out.

  8. 02/06/2018 11:40 AM
    • Junebug was pacing the majority of the visual.  There were intervals where she would swim in a wider oval and slow down a bit.  She did join 2 subadults for a short time.  They were surface-resting, and she seemed to copy them, and her respiration did slow down during that time. At one point she broke away and went back to the same spot at the platform to continue pacing.  She was observed to have a little white around her nostrils.  Respiration varied from 1 to 3 minutes apart with an occasional 4 minute interval.  Other than Junebug and the 2 subadults near her, all other animals were congregated between outflow 2 and 3 where Ice Cube and Camlee were.

  9. 02/05/2018 10:35 AM
    • Again today she was seen near the viewing platform at TECO swimming in tight circles, although not constantly.  She stayed close with a group of 9 the entire time and would swim in small, tight circles near them, but slowly.  Respirations were 1-3 minutes apart, varying.  Several times she did stop pacing for a few minutes and socialize normally with the group.  Not many animals were still at the plant.

  10. 02/03/2018 12:40 PM
    • Junebug was observed pacing for the majority of the visual.  She was observed swimming in tight circles, continuously, while other animals were calm and resting.  She would occasionally barrel roll, showing that she is still of course at a good weight, to be expected since it has only been 2 1/2 weeks since her release.  For a brief period she quickly traveled over to two other animals passing through her area, positioning herself along side them, but then turned around to go back to the platform and resumed pacing. Respiration during social behavior was normal but while she was pacing was elevated. This behavior denotes stress and will be closely watched.

  11. 01/31/2018 10:22 AM
    • Junebug was milling close to the boardwalk directly across from the second discharge vent at TECO for quite some time. She socialized with 3 other animals, then went back to milling in the same area. It also appeared as if she was interested in a school of fish at one point and slowly followed them for a little while.

  12. 01/27/2018 10:40 AM
    • She was milling around the seawall right across from the platform for a bit, then proceeded to socialize with a group nearby.

  13. 01/25/2018 10:52 AM
    • Junebug was along the north wall of the canal at TECO, before the first outflow.  She spent the majority of the visual milling.  No socializing was observed from her today although at times animals were immediately near her. There were around 300 in the canal.

  14. 01/24/2018 10:10 AM
    • Junebug was bottom-resting when first spotted, then became social for the remainder of the visual. There were 2 animals mouthing her buoy at one point and she swam away from them. It looked like there were around 400 animals in the TECO canal that day.

  15. 01/21/2018 10:24 AM
    • Junebug was a social butterfly this morning, staying close to 1-4 animals, and continued to interact with them and others throughout the visual.  There were at least 400 animals in the canal.

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