About Bernice

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Bernice was rescued as an orphaned calf on 1/12/10 out of Sebastian Inlet, Brevard County, Florida. She was 170 cm long and weighed 279 lbs at the time. She was brought to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, to rehabilitate, and has since spent time in Miami Seaquarium as well. As of 1/15/11 Bernice is now 252 cm long and weighs 755 lbs. She will be released in late January 2012 in the Merritt Island Area.

  1. 10/19/2012 08:49 PM
    • On October 16 Bernice was seen traveling for the entire observation period.  She kept her distance from the boat, even while the engine was turned off.

  2. 08/17/2012 09:37 PM
    •  Bernice was observed traveling alone in a westerly direction. 


  3. 08/09/2012 09:29 PM
    • On August 9, Bernice appeared a bit skiddish, submerging to rest and then surfacing in a different place when I got near to her. 

  4. 07/09/2012 06:06 PM
    • On July 2, an attempt was made to locate Bernice via VHF signal without success.
      Bernice's tag had started updating on Friday evening, July 6, within a marina.  We were thinking it may have gotten stuck under a boat which is why it had stopped transmitting.  A boat captain said that when he started up his boat Friday evening it floated up behind the boat, confirming our suspicion.  Brenden recovered the tag and tether on July 8 with a broken tether weak link.  
  5. 06/26/2012 07:32 PM
    • As of June 26, Bernice's tag had not updated since Saturday evening, June 24, so another MIA critter is anticipated.  Bernice had been steadily moving south from the Merritt Island area for the past couple of weeks.  Her tag's last location was in Vero Beach. 



  6. 06/17/2012 07:23 PM
    • On June 17 Bernice was resting on the bottom while the other animals in the area were very active. They were swimming around her and she followed twice but for the most part she stayed resting on the bottom. 

  7. 05/31/2012 09:39 PM
    • On May 31 Bernice was traveling by herself for most of the observation. She was in the middle of the intercoastal when first spotted. Towards the end of the watch she reached the east side and proceeded to feed on algae growing on the sea wall.


  8. 05/22/2012 09:23 PM
    • May 20:  Bernice was in good company today.  She was observed traveling and socializing during the visual with up to seven animals.  The group she was with turned into a very active cavorting group with two focal animals, thus not a mating herd.  Bernice stayed on the outskirts of the group during this activity but was observed socializing from time to time as they traveled northward.

      On May 22 Bernice was observed traveling across the intercoastal with two friends, all keeping close by each other while crossing.

  9. 05/10/2012 07:06 PM
    • On May 10 Bernice and others were all feeding from the mangroves.  Other animals in area may have been involved in a mating herd but Bernice kept her distance.

  10. 05/03/2012 06:08 PM
    • On May 2 Bernice was seen resting on the bottom throughout the observation. Occasionally the group would get together and be very social with nose touches and and body rubs. 
      On May 3 Bernice was resting on the bottom for the entire observation period. 
  11. 04/27/2012 06:05 PM
    • On April 27 Bernice was seen feeding on mangroves for the entire observation period. She was in a nice pocket just north of the airport with other animals in area but not near to her.

  12. 04/26/2012 12:33 PM
    • On April 19 Bernice was resting on the bottom with the other two animals. After a while she and another animal left and went under a dock where I noticed a hose hanging. They proceeded to drink for 5 minutes then they went back to resting on the bottom. I informed the home owner about the hose but he didn’t seem to care. 
      On April 20 Bernice was seen traveling southeast by herself.  
  13. 04/13/2012 11:41 AM
    • On April 10 Bernice was observed resting at the surface for the entire observation period. 
      On April 12 Bernice was seen traveling south. She was with the other two friends that she has been seen with before, with Bernice leading the group.
  14. 04/05/2012 10:05 PM
    • On April 3 Bernice was seen travelling the entire observation period. When I first found her she was in a canal. She then proceeded to travel southwest out of the canal and head towards the grass flats. Her sonic was working properly. 
      On April 5 Bernice was traveling northwest when she was first spotted. There were two other animals staying close by her. After traveling for 40 minutes she started milling about, being very social with the other animals. After that she proceeded to travel in a northwest direction, crossing the intercoastal to reach the windward side. 
  15. 03/30/2012 10:12 PM
    • On March 25, Bernice was resting on the surface.  She was very social with another animal --- nose touches and face to face.
      On March 29, Bernice was seen resting on the bottom for the entire observation period. Her breaths were normal. I talked to some homeowners about not watering the animals. 
  16. 03/14/2012 11:24 PM
    • On March 13 Bernice was resting on the surface. She was observed feeding on floating mangrove leaves.  A home owner said she had been feeding before I got there as well. 
  17. 03/06/2012 06:13 PM
    • Bernice was sighted on March 5 in Sykes Creek on Merritt Island.
      On March 6 Bernice was seen bottom resting with a group of animals in a Merritt Island canal. One animal had a crap trap entanglement. FWC was notified and arrived shortly afterwards, successfully removing the trap from the animal.
  18. 03/01/2012 11:48 PM
    • On March 1 Bernice traveled with a group of animals south west. Breathes were evenly spaced while traveling. 
  19. 02/23/2012 11:45 PM
    • On Feb 21, Bernice was with a lot of other animals. She was feeding for half the time and the other she was resting on the bottom. She was in the middle of the group but all the animals were resting so not much social interaction going on.
      On Feb 23 Bernice was seen bottom resting with a group of other animals for the entire observation period. There wasn’t much social interaction.

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