About BriarRose

Gender: Female
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BriarRose was rescued a stranded orphan calf on New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida on February 26, 2018.  She was only 196 centimeters long and weighed 264 pounds at the time of her rescue.  BriarRose was transported to SeaWorld for rehabilitation and then transferred to Jacksonville Zoo for continued Care.  She was released in Oakhill, Volusia County, Florida on November 14, 2018 and will be monitored by Sea to Shore Alliance.  BriarRose was 226 centimeters in length and 565 pounds at the time of her release. 


  1. 03/24/2020 10:30 AM
    • BriarRose was cavorting with a few manatees in the Indian River and was very active. She started following a mom and calf, socializing with them. Based on her behavior and movements, she is considered a success. Her gear was removed at the end of the observation.

  2. 03/04/2020 11:00 AM
    • BriarRose was milling with other manatees nearby in the Indian River. She suddenly took off chasing a manatee and traveled behind it for a while. She stopped and socialized with a small group. She milled off alone for a little bit, then went back to the group.

  3. 02/24/2020 09:15 AM
    • BriarRose was milling around at the power plant, checking out different manatees resting in the area. She socialized with one briefly, then milled away to a different part of the plant. She later traveled to the very edge of the warm water area, then moved back into the group and continued milling.

  4. 02/18/2020 11:30 AM
    • BriarRose was traveling around the winding mangrove areas of north Mosquito Lagoon. She would travel along the bank but mill whenever she came to a fork or shallow area. She eventually made her way north after exploring different coves. She stayed far to the side, avoiding all the busy boat traffic. Some small lesions were noted under her nostrils. 

  5. 02/12/2020 10:45 PM
    • BriarRose was feeding with other manatees in shallow water near Titusville. There was a lot of macro algae in the area in big patches. A small calf started playing with her tag. After a little bit, she started traveling, following another manatee towards the channel, then north. 

  6. 02/04/2020 08:45 AM
    • BriarRose was awake and milling around slowly,at the power plant, socializing occasionally with other manatees. She rested for a little bit. An in-water assessment attempt was made but she avoided and started milling around, traveling away at one point. It was possible to see that she had bleaching spots on her face but no lesion

  7. 01/30/2020 01:30 PM
    • BriarRose was spotted leaving the warm water area and moving just south of the power plant. There she milled and was later confirmed to be feeding on macro algae. She would travel a little bit to a different spot, then continue feeding. She stayed just south of the power plant feeding for the remainder of the visual.

  8. 01/28/2020 10:00 AM
    • BriarRose was first resting closer to shore in choppy water with many other manatees. She began socializing a little while later with two larger manatees, sticking her tail out of the water and floating upside down. She milled afterwards further from the outflow area until she was too far to see. She had some vasoconstriction on her face and a little on her tail.

  9. 01/24/2020 09:30 AM
    • BriarRose was bottom resting at the beginning of the visual, in CCEC. A tag exchange on another manatee was ongoing and she traveled towards that area. She quickly passed close to the swimmer, then traveled away again. She milled a little then bottom rested for the rest of the visual.

  10. 01/21/2020 01:45 PM
    • BriarRose was first seen traveling towards the outflow at the power plant,in very choppy conditions. She milled for a little bit then settled down and bottom rested. She later traveled again, then was stationary.

  11. 01/16/2020 11:45 AM
    • BriarRose was milling around in the Indian River and was later confirmed to be feeding in shallow water. She traveled briefly, then continued feeding, throwing her head out every so often. At the end of the visual, a boat passed close by and she traveled a little way away from the area. 

  12. 01/14/2020 09:45 AM
    • BriarRose was alternating between milling and occasionally traveling, in the Indian River, for the whole visual. Her behavior indicated when she was milling and throwing her head out that she could possibly be eating but it wasn't confirmed. At one point, she approached the boat while anchored, then spooked when she got closer and traveled a little way before milling again.

  13. 01/10/2020 10:45 AM
    • BriarRose was bottom resting,at CCEC, then began traveling first towards the outflow, then out of the warm water area. Once at the outer edge of the warm water zone, she was stationary, then milled around. She eventually began traveling again and made her way back into the warm water area.

  14. 01/06/2020 09:45 AM
    • BriarRose was resting at first, in CCEC, then began traveling. She ended up in a rowdy group of manatees and began socializing with them briefly. She milled around then was stationary for the rest of the visual.

  15. 12/30/2019 09:45 AM
    • BriarRose was traveling south in the Indian River stopping to mill around some private docks near the boat ramp. She later continued traveling south but then turned and went more towards the middle of the river. She was stationary for a while and started bottom resting. She later traveled north again. She was seen later in the day at CCEC socializing and playing chase with a few other manatees. 

  16. 12/27/2019 11:45 AM
    • BriarRose was traveling south into CCEC. Once there, she rested for a while. She began traveling north again afterward. She traveled to the Port Saint John boat ramp, milled for a bit, then continued traveling north.

  17. 12/23/2019 09:30 AM
    • BriarRose was bottom resting in the power plant discharge canal. She later socialized with at least one other manatee, her back and tail briefly coming up out of the water. She eventually traveled a little way and socialized some more. She settled down after a while and rested. At the end of the visual, she was milling around.

  18. 12/20/2019 09:45 AM
    • BriarRose was first seen traveling away from the spillway at CCEC. She stopped near a group of cavorting manatees and socialized. She began cavorting for a few minutes, then continued traveling. She made her way back to the spillway where she socialized with another group of manatees. She spent the rest of the visual traveling around the warm area.

  19. 12/18/2019 12:00 PM
    • After receiving care at Sea World of Orlando and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Briar Rose was released at the power plant discharge canal in Port St. John. A few hours after release at the power plant, BriarRose was seen milling around at CCEC. At one point, she began traveling, following a mom/calf pair that had just been released shortly after her. She followed them to the outflow, then went back the other way. She later was stationary for the remainder of the visual.

  20. 01/07/2019 02:37 PM

      12/10/2018 15:43pm


      BriarRose was rescued due to poor habitat choices with the help of FWC, Jacksonville Zoo and Sea to Shore staff.  She had remained in Spruce Creek after the onset of two cold fronts which had driven the water temperatures to levels of concern for her health if she remained there for a longer duration.  She was transported to SeaWorld of Florida for care and will be re-released into a warm water site after recuperation.


      12/7/2018 11:00am

      BriarRose was milling near the shoreline. Several times when taking a breath, she would lift her whole head out of the water making a smacking sound when coming down. She did this when milling, traveling, and stationary. BriarRose slowly made her way down river, stopping to mill every so often. She was had an avoidance response to boats, crossing the river or ducking under docks when it would get close.



      12/5/2018 10:00am

      BriarRose was slowly moving down river, stopping occasionally to mill near the shoreline. At one point she moved into a small creek off the main river and rested for a short period of time before moving back into the main river. She continued to travel down the river for the rest of the observation. No other manatees were observed in the area.



      11/29/2018 8:40am

      BriarRose was socializing with five other manatees including a mother-calf pair. Four of the manatees eventually moved down river. BriarRose and one other manatee remained in the area and began to bottom rest, making deep dives after they came to the surface. BriarRose and her companion began to travel up river when four manatees moved into the area..



      11/21/2018 11:40am

      BriarRose was resting at the surface with a larger manatee in Spruce Creek. They would slowly drift down the creek with the current then travel back to their original position and continue to rest. The pair showed no interest in a passing kayak. BriarRose stayed close to her companion for the entire visual.


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