About Joleen

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id:

Joleen was found as an orphaned calf with cold stress at 163 cm long and weighing 220 lbs.  She was rescued in Joe’s Creek in Pinellas Park on January 28, 2013, and brought to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for medical care.  At her most recent health assessment she weighed 705 lbs and was 225 cm long.  She was released at Tampa Electric Company in Apollo Beach on January 16, 2014. 

  1. 07/24/2014 10:00 AM
    • Because Joleen’s tag had not given any updates for nearly two days, I tried listening for her tag and sonicing around the Kitchen in Tampa Bay to locate her and attempt a tag exchange.  A lot of animals were still around but I never heard her tag or belt.  I will continue to try to find her and exchange her tag. 

  2. 07/20/2014 11:07 AM
    • Static in the area was extremely loud and the weather was quite stormy, but with 2 beeps every 18 minutes I determined Joleen was bottom-resting this afternoon in The Kitchen area of Tampa Bay.  There were 2 large groups of at least 20 other manatees mating in the area. 

  3. 07/12/2014 12:31 PM
    • Joleen was originally found feeding on syringonium and halodule with 2 other animals in The Kitchen of Tampa Bay, at the point just north of TECO.  There was a decent amount of seagrass in the area, both on bottom and floating around.  They began milling and traveling around the area after a larger boat passed through. 

  4. 06/27/2014 02:45 PM
    • Joleen had gone to the end of the southern long canal in Apollo Beach this morning, then traveled out past TECO and north, presumably heading back toward The Kitchen by herself. 

  5. 06/17/2014 01:49 PM
    • She seemed to enjoy socializing with a group of 6 other adults in the Kitchen north of TECO power plant, wanting to stay close to the group.  No mating or cavorting during the observation, just approaching each other and staying close. 

  6. 06/11/2014 02:25 PM
    • She spent most of the time traveling south down the center of east Tampa Bay with one other animal.  They paused occasionally for short periods of staying still on bottom, which was probably social interaction.  The water was very choppy. 

  7. 05/27/2014 12:12 PM
    • She was alternating between milling and feeding the entire observation in Tampa Bay, west of Bullfrog Creek.  Near the end of the observation when she was getting out of range we moved the boat closer quietly.  Joleen, who is usually very boat sensitive, circled the vessel while the motor was off and drifting.  She was definitely investigating the boat curiously before swimming away towards Bullfrog Creek. 

  8. 05/24/2014 12:40 PM
    • Joleen was seen in Tampa Bay on the east bank just north of Alafia River about 200 ft from shore, alternating between milling and traveling the entire visual.  As usual, fairly boat sensitive.  There was one other animal near her who seemed interested in socializing, but Joleen was keeping busy moving around.  In her particular area, boat traffic wasn't that bad for a holiday weekend. 

  9. 05/04/2014 02:40 PM
    • Joleen was by herself this afternoon, milling around the point west of Whiskey Key north of TECO.  She stopped and stayed on bottom for about 25 minutes, possibly feeding on the thalassia on bottom but could not confirm. 

  10. 04/29/2014 02:40 PM
    • Joleen and one other animal alternated between milling and traveling on the east coast of Tampa Bay just north of entrance to Bullfrog Creek as a storm came in.  They started to go a little north, then south back toward Whiskey Key again. 

  11. 04/16/2014 03:25 PM
    • She socialized with one other animal off the bank of Whiskey Key, then traveled east between the island and the shore. 

  12. 04/11/2014 10:35 AM
    • Joleen was seen in Tampa Bay on the east shore just south of entrance to Bullfrog Creek in the area of 2 other animals, each of them keeping to themselves, then she traveled in the direction of one of the others and then stayed on bottom with him or her and socialized briefly.  After that she headed back to where she was, all 3 of them keeping about a 50-ft distance from each other, until one of the others came to her and socialized. 

  13. 04/01/2014 12:15 PM
    • Joleen started the afternoon traveling south toward Whiskey Key with 2 others.  She stopped to socialize, then possibly began feeding but we were not able to confirm.  She traveled for another brief burst, then fed on thalassia. 

  14. 03/14/2014 12:30 PM
    • Joleen milled north about a mile off the east shore of Tampa Bay north of Whiskey Key with one other animal, then seemed to turn east toward shore. 

  15. 03/09/2014 01:20 PM
    • Joleen was seen in Tampa Bay just south of Bullfrog Creek, about a mile offshore.  She traveled west with 2 other animals, appearing to be heading across the bay, then veered southward and continued on in the direction of TECO. 

  16. 03/01/2014 10:09 AM
    • Joleen milled with a few other animals, about 11, and occasionally by herself near the end of the TECO canal, then socialized with a slightly bigger group between the two intakes.  There were about 30-50 animals in the TECO canal. 

  17. 02/23/2014 04:20 PM
    • Joleen bottom-rested by herself off the shore of Apollo Beach, then milled north past TECO to the entrance of the next canal. 

  18. 02/18/2014 02:05 PM
    • The large gatherings at TECO have started to thin out, with about 50 animals there this afternoon.  Some were milling around with occasional slow dives, some were surface-resting, and some were bottom-resting.  Joleen was on her way in from Apollo Beach, milling down the canal to the viewing platform, then settled down to bottom-rest. 

  19. 02/13/2014 03:05 PM
    • This was another crowded afternoon at TECO.  Within the large group of animals Joleen stayed close to a group of 4-5, mouthing on each other and socializing.  This group milled together from the platform out to the center of the canal.  It was a very windy day, with a moderate chop out in the bay. 

  20. 02/10/2014 10:05 AM
    • Even with the minor cold front that had come through, there were still 100+ animals in the canal at TECO on Monday.  Joleen began the morning in a small cavorting group, which settled down into socializing and then surface-resting in the larger group as they gradually moved east down the canal toward the large gathering near the viewing platform. 

  21. 02/04/2014 12:21 PM
    • After making an early exit from Teco on Thursday morning, Joleen traveled south along the east coast of Tampa Bay down to Little Manatee River.  Air temperatures were still cold when she left, but she appeared to have no visible signs of cold stress during today's visual.  She fed on the thalassia beds near the entrance to Cockroach Bay with 8 other animals, then milled along the bank, staying with the others. 

  22. 01/27/2014 10:15 AM
    • Joleen stayed out at the end of the canal at TECO near the entrance to Tampa Bay.  It was difficult to determine what she was doing, but she stayed in the general area of a socializing group of about 10.  Several cavorting groups had formed and it looked like 200 or more animals were in the canal. 

  23. 01/24/2014 11:25 AM
    • She milled by herself along the north wall at TECO for 15 minutes, then met up with one other animal to socialize and joined a larger group of about 9 which included Lokey. 

  24. 01/20/2014 11:15 AM
    • Joleen milled in the shallows on the south bank of the TECO canal halfway down the nature walk, sometimes by herself, sometimes with one other animal.  For about 20 minutes she seemed to be rooting through the sand for algae bits (or maybe mangrove roots?) and then appearing to chew when she came up for breaths.  Then she focused on just milling around. 

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