About Junebug

Gender: Female
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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. 05/03/2018 04:15 PM
    • Junebug's tag, tether, and belt were found floating in Tampa Bay south of TECO. Apparently Junebug dropped out of school before graduation. The good thing is she has very thoroughly imprinted on TECO as the place to go in cold weather or for shelter.

  2. 04/25/2018 11:10 AM
    • We were able to get an in water body condition on Junebug today. She had moved out of the TECO canal last night around 9 p.m. and moved back in at 7 a.m. this morning. She was given a body score of a 3-.  Flat belly, no folds, no obvious signs of cold stress with a slightly loose belt.  Her belly was felt on two different approaches to confirm condition because visibility was too poor to visually see her belly.  She was resting during the in-water assessment and continued after the assessment. She was joined by one other animal towards the end of the visual. We were also able to confirm that the two primary locations she has been going to just outside of the canal do have ample amounts of seagrass.  Looking at the GPS, all of her movements outside of the canal except for two days this month have been at night.

  3. 04/20/2018 10:18 AM
    • I tried for an in-water body condition assessment and Junebug avoided me to begin with, then met up with one other animal which made her a bit more distracted and approachable.  I thought I would eventually get my opportunity, but she always sensed me hovering above, waiting for her next breath, and made sure not to surface anywhere near me each time.  So we will have to keep trying for an in-water body condition on her.

  4. 04/18/2018 03:10 PM
    • Junebug and one other animal were bottom resting at TECO, in the corner by the first outflow.  Respiration rate 9-10 minutes.  On Sunday Junebug had been seen drinking from the pipe near the platform.  We are going to try again for a body condition on her.

  5. 04/12/2018 10:30 AM
    • Yesterday she had traveled out into Apollo Beach, a little out into the bay west of the canals. Today she was bottom resting on the north side of the platform for almost an hour with respirations averaging 9 minutes. She then moved under the platform before positioning herself on the west side of it where a bunch of fish proceeded to clean her.  She was spotted with one other manatee there earlier in the morning.

  6. 04/06/2018 10:58 AM
    • When first found she was bottom-resting on the east side of the platform at TECO. Respirations were averaging 5 minutes. She then began to mill around and under the platform before positioning herself on the west side of it. She was the only manatee there on Wednesday but was spotted with another animal yesterday and left in the afternoon, but returned this morning.

  7. 04/04/2018 10:05 AM
    • Junebug was spotted back at TECO, still staying deep and coming up for breaths at 4-minute intervals.  The re-tag process took nearly 4 hours of swimming but was finally completed.  It was also great to see and hear the support from all the guests there that day!  We will need to see how long she sticks around and if she needs to eventually be relocated to an optimal feeding ground.

  8. 03/25/2018 02:09 PM
    • Junebug has been in the canal at TECO for most of this week, but she has been very evasive to all re-tag attempts so far.

  9. 03/19/2018 12:00 PM
    • Junebug’s tag was recovered in the canal at TECO today. We are looking for her and attempting to re-tag.

  10. 03/14/2018 11:45 AM
    • Junebug was a social butterfly today! She was initially interacting with 7 others, then would break off to mill for a few minutes before moving in to a group. A couple of animals investigated her tag and she promptly moved away from them. At 12:30 there was a disturbance and all animals submerged to the bottom of the canal. About 200 in the canal.

  11. 03/13/2018 12:06 PM
    • Junebug seemed more social inside the TECO area than when she had been there before.  No pacing was observed. She would socialize with other animals and then move off a little, repeating that for a duration.  She was spooked by something and traveled over to outflow #2 where she kept herself in the outflow until the end of the visual. There were about 150 other animals there.

  12. 03/09/2018 09:05 AM
    • We have been concerned about the anxious pacing behavior seen from Junebug first at TECO, and it has continued once she left the plant and went into the canals in Apollo Beach. With a cold front coming, Junebug was captured today and moved back to the TECO outflow. Hopefully this will serve as a reminder of where to go in cold weather. We will be watching for when she will move out and start to feed.

  13. 03/06/2018 10:57 AM
    • Found her milling under and around the docks mid-canal and remained milling until close to the end of the visual when she began traveling out of the canal, heading toward TECO. Respiration varied between 1-5 minutes. Plentiful algae along the floating docks and mangroves in this particular section of the canal.

  14. 03/01/2018 02:47 PM
    • Today she was still in the canal system in Apollo Beach. No pacing, only regular milling down the center of the canal with respirations varying from 1-4 min. She did stop at a piling and spent a few minutes there, but it was unclear if she was eating algae off of it. She then settled down to bottom-rest with 7-8 min respirations. Breaking the pacing habit but still alone in canals with no quality food.

  15. 02/27/2018 10:45 AM
    • Junebug was by herself and milling around the canal, swimming mostly underwater. Again there was no pacing; she was milling along the canal’s seawall.  Still no other animals around, and the only food available was the standard algae growing on things.  Respiration intervals 3-4 minutes.

  16. 02/25/2018 04:20 PM
    • There was no pacing from her today--and she was awake.  She did spend the whole visual next to one dock or another.  She is in a different spot, though, so at least she is venturing into multiple different canals.  When first found she was on bottom underneath a dock but not sleeping, and then she moved down the seawall under docks, stopping and staying on bottom for a while.  Respirations at 3 minute intervals.

  17. 02/22/2018 12:00 PM
    • Junebug was going from one dock on one side of the canal to a dock directly across from her on the other side of the canal--back and forth--for the first 29 minutes.  She settled in the center of the canal and began to rest on bottom for the remainder of the visual.  While sleeping her respiration was consistently at 8 minute intervals.

  18. 02/21/2018 02:05 AM
    • There was still some pacing from Junebug, but not as much.  When I first found her she was still by herself and doing some actual milling along the bank for 10 minutes before she began pacing, and the pacing was slower today.  Her breaths were 3-4 minutes apart.  She took 5 breaks from pacing to mill along the sides or investigate my kayak from lower in the water column.  Near the end of the visual she stayed on bottom and came up for normal-looking 4-minute breaths, maybe starting to go to sleep. At this point she has definitely lost some weight, having a now flat belly but with no folds yet, but with all this pacing movement this is something I will be keeping a close eye on. Since she went out at a larger size she had a bit more reserves to start with.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 02/15/2018 01:15 PM
    • Junebug was seen pacing again, by herself.  Respiration 2-5 minutes apart, varying.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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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