About Brandee

Gender: Female
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Brandee was rescued on 2/20/10 as an orphaned calf from Warner West Bayou in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida. She was 279 lbs and 191 cm long at the time. She began recovery at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, and then was moved to South Florida Museum in Bradenton. As of 1/12/12, she has grown to 870 lbs and 253 cm in length. She will be released in Apollo Beach in Tampa on Tuesday, 1/17/12.

  1. 05/12/2012 08:36 PM
    • On May 12, Brandee was located in the Gulf of Mexico off Longboat Key after a citizen called Mote to report a belted manatee.   Mote in turn called FWC and Sea to Shore was advised.  Brandee was vhf tagged and assessed with a good body condition.  Due to her good condition, it was attempted --- unsuccessfully --- to remove her gear.

      The next day Brandee was located by Sea to Shore staff in Sarasota Bay where her gear was removed.  Thanks to both Mote Marine and FWC for their teamwork in helping to make this happen.

  2. 03/01/2012 11:28 PM
    • On morning of March 1, Brandee’s signal wasn’t heard at TECO. We idled/sonic’d our way along the shore of Tampa Bay into a canal where we saw the FWC rescue crew trying to catch the crab trap entangled manatee which, fortunately they were able to capture. We resumed tracking Brandee but soon after the wind picked up and it was quite rough for our boat so we headed back.  We stopped along the way to check the canals near Apollo Beach and then back down to some other coves and canals without picking up a signal.
  3. 02/27/2012 12:17 AM
    • On Feb 27, The signal from Brandee’s sonic in belt was heard at several locations (sometimes very strong) but we did not get a visual of her.
      Brandee was in the TECO discharge canal Monday from 830 am until after 1pm. She was initially off the observation platform but moved down the canal towards the outflows.  In spite of having 2 other spotters, we were unable to get a visual on her. With FWS permission and assistance from TECO Viewing Center, we were able to launch a canoe in the canal that allowed us to better localize the sonic signal.  Although we were able to get very close to the signal multiple times, we did not get a visual.
      NOTE: I had a boat lined up to take me out and sonic around Apollo Beach, but since Brandee was in the canal, obviously I didn’t go out on the boat. I can attempt to line up the boat for another day as it may be easier to spot and re-tag her outside the canal.
  4. 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
    • With the cold weather last weekend, on Feb 13 Brandee moved back into TECO discharge canal and was heard via sonic Monday morning. By late morning (according to her sonic signal), she had moved to the end of the canal. In spite of looking all day, she was never observed.
      On Feb 14 Brandee was again heard via sonic off the observation platform in the TECO discharge canal.  At one point, her sonic signal was very loud directly adjacent to the platform, but she didn’t “show me any love” and was never observed.
      On Feb 15, she was heard via sonic at 9 am off the tidal boardwalk but was not heard again anywhere in the canal, or off Apollo Beach Park. The FWC genetics team spent the day on a boat in the discharge canal but they also did not report seeing her, so the assumption is that she left the canal and went into Tampa Bay.
      With the slight cold front this weekend, we will check TECO again on Monday.


  5. 02/11/2012 11:56 PM
    • Although Brandee has not been seen this week, with the reported cold temps this weekend, we are hopeful she will come back into TECO and be re-sighted and re-tagged.
  6. 01/24/2012 11:53 PM
    • Brandee was observed on Jan 18 in the Alafia River.  She was milling (and perhaps pacing) along the shoreline and further upstream.  She was very active and water temp was 18.5C.  Wednesday night and Thursday morning, 1/19/12, Brandee continued further upstream.
      On Saturday, Jan 21, Brandee was observed milling in the Alafia River. She traveled downstream a short distance and then more milling. She did not appear to be pacing.
      As of this Jan 23, ARGOS placed her in the proximity of the TECO discharge (although I have not heard from the Viewing Center folks today). In fact ARGOS showed both Homey AND Brandee at TECO/Apollo Beach this morning at 9am.
      On Tuesday morning, 1/24/12, Brandee was in the TECO discharge canal--yay!  

Data map is currently not present for Brandee.