About Wheezy

Gender: Female
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Wheezy is a female manatee who was rescued from the DeSoto Canal in Brevard County on January 15, 2011.  She was 210 cm long and weighed 381 lbs at the time and was suffering from cold stress.  During her rehabilitation she spent time in the Columbus Zoo and Miami Seaquarium.  At a recent health assessment before her release she had grown to 836 lbs.  She was released in Brevard County on February 26, 2014, along with a male manatee named BMan.

  1. 05/23/2014 11:45 AM
    • Wheezy’s tag was recovered in Sykes Creek.  Unfortunately we were unable to re-locate Wheezy via belt in the area. 

  2. 05/09/2014 03:45 PM
    • Wheezy was found bottom-resting at the very end of Via Havarre canal south of the 528 overpass of Sykes Creek on Merritt island.  She spent the duration of the observation period resting on the periphery of a group of 8 cavorting animals that occasionally caused Ms. Wheezy to move.  I did not observe her participating in the socialization but she did not appear to shy away from it either. 

  3. 04/30/2014 01:35 PM
    • Wheezy was found happily munching away at the root system of a clump of cattails in the northernmost corner of the canal system of the Indian River Isles subdivision.  With 5 adults and 2 calves, she fed intently for about 15-20 minutes on a variety of browse, including lawn clippings that had been blown into the water and a scraggly mangrove nearby.  She eventually moved under a nearby dock at which point I was unable to directly observe her, although a few other animals were there apparently playing with something hanging in the water under the dock.  After about 20 minutes she came out, slowly milled about and socialized, taking nibbles of food here and there.  Eventually an overly enthusiastic sub-adult began playing with her and her tag, causing her to leave the area, gradually at first then faster as the second animal refused to take the hint. 

  4. 04/24/2014 03:20 PM
    • Wheezy was located in the Northernmost corner of Honeymoon Lake foraging for mangroves alone.  She continued to feed in the small cove area for the duration of the observation period, moving occasionally to different clumps of mangrove to feed.   Respiration rates were normal for feeding behavior with a good body condition observed.  She has some kind of white splotchy growth covering her back and part of her head, although it did not appear to be raised or swollen. 

  5. 04/18/2014 03:55 PM
    • FWC received a public visual sighting of Wheezy in the Indian River west of Merritt Island.  Her behavior indicated she was possibly in a mating herd. 

  6. 04/14/2014 12:45 PM
    • Wheezy was found sleeping soundly at the foot of an old private boat ramp on the west side of Indian River, directly across from Honeymoon Lake.  Her respirationss were 8-10 minutes apart and she continued to sleep for the duration of the observation period. 

  7. 04/11/2014 07:08 PM
    • FWC received a public visual sighting of Wheezy in the Indian River east of Rockledge.  Her behavior indicated she was possibly in a mating herd. 

  8. 03/07/2014 12:28 PM
    • Wheezy was found tucked into a canal in Indian River Isles, out of the wind with seven other manatees.  She was bottom-resting for the first part of the observation and then began to travel out of the canal, following two other manatees.  She did stop briefly at the dock we were watching her from before continuing out of the canal system heading north in the Indian River.  

Data map is currently not present for Wheezy.