About Burnie

Gender: Female
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Burnie, a female manatee rescued from Matlacha Pass in December 2013 for an entanglement on her left flipper, was 188 cm long and weighed 245 lbs at the time of her rescue.  She was brought to Lowry Park Zoo for rehabilitation and ended up losing her flipper because of the entanglement.  At a health assessment on December 4, 2014, she was 246 cm long and weighed 875 lbs.  Burnie was released in Orange River in Ft. Myers on January 8, 2015. 

  1. 05/30/2015 01:30 PM
    • Burnie’s tag has stopping working in Back Bay in Bokeelia, Pine Island.  We have tried to locate her via her belt in this area and the other areas she frequented and are continuing to try to find her.  Thanks very much to news stations who are helping out with press releases asking the public to call FWC to report sightings of tagged manatees in that area.  Hopefully she will be found soon and outfitted with new equipment. 

  2. 05/29/2015 01:09 PM
    • On a day of moderate boat traffic Burnie and one other animal were down a narrow residential canal off of Back Bay in Bokeelia.  They socialized around the dock pilings and boats on lifts on the edge of the canal, milling occasionally.  When I was heading out into Pine Island Sound, I was lucky enough to see an 8 or 9 foot shark hunting.  Was not able to see enough detail to figure out what kind though. 

  3. 05/23/2015 12:20 PM
    • Burnie traveled along the shoreline of Mondongo Island with one other manatee.  Lots of good vegetation available in the area, but the two were socializing, then traveling and milling.  Very minimal boat traffic in their immediate area.  At one point they swam close to our boat and we were able to see that Burnie had no new scars and looked good. 


  4. 05/16/2015 10:00 AM
    • Burnie traveled east of Cayo Costa in Charlotte Harbor in very choppy waters.  It was too difficult to tell if she was with any other animals or not, but she spent the time milling and traveling.  There were a lot of fishing boats there but not in her immediate area. 

  5. 05/02/2015 09:33 AM
    • Burnie was seen by herself in Charlotte Harbor south of Burnt Store Marina.  She was milling in the shallow seagrass beds and approached a fishing boat, and one of the men aboard attempted to pick up her tag but dropped it once he was told what it was.  This caused Burnie to travel away at a fast pace, doing a wide circle and coming back to the general area away from both their boat and ours.  A little while later she fed briefly on thalassia on the bottom. 

  6. 04/29/2015 03:46 PM
    • She was seen cavorting, possibly mating as well, with one other animal in Charlotte Harbor at Burnt Store Marina, rolling at the surface. 

  7. 04/18/2015 12:50 PM
    • She was observed socializing with three others in a canal system off Matlacha Waterway.  She was in the closed end of the canal system, with a freshwater spring about 15 ft. off the dock behind a house.  She spent the majority of the time near the spring, and then she and the other fed on syringonium on the surface.  We did witness gas bubbles from her as well.  A kayak entered the area near the end of the visual, and she moved further into the center of the canal.  When it left she returned to the spring area. 

  8. 04/15/2015 12:45 PM
    • She was observed traveling in Buzzard Bay in Pine Island Sound, then appeared to stop in reaction to our boat, and afterward began socializing in a large group.  I was able to approach her for an in-water body condition assessment and see that she looked good, with a slightly rounded belly and no folds, the belt still fitting her well, and no new scars.  The water was choppy and she was observed throwing her head back, which could have possibly been feeding but we weren't able to confirm.  She then headed back into an area between the little islands and traveled away in response to a speeding boat coming through. 

  9. 04/11/2015 05:00 PM
    • Burnie was on the move today, first seen at Big Smokehouse Key and then she moved south back into Matlacha Pass and then into the canal system near Matlacha bridge.  At one point she passed under a moving boat and then proceeded down one of the many narrow waterways out of the canal and into the shallows. 

  10. 04/04/2015 11:36 AM
    • Upon initial sighting in Matlacha Pass, east of Big Smokehouse Key, she was traveling with 2 adults.  They stopped and socialized for about 10 minutes and milled in brief intervals until she began feeding on the grass flats in the area.  A fishing boat came into the area and seemed to disturb the feeding, though.  Her tail and back were seen and were clear of scars. 

  11. 03/30/2015 11:02 AM
    • Burnie socialized with one other smaller animal in a canal south of Shell Pass in south Charlotte Harbor. 

  12. 03/24/2015 01:10 PM
    • She was seen in a group of 7 other animals Matlacha Pass, north Buzzard Bay, 200 ft off the islands.  She spent the first 30 minutes of the visual trying to avoid one male who was pestering her, the only one in the group to do so.  Some of the others in the group began to feed, and after the one male left her alone she would alternately socialize with the group and briefly pass by my boat curiously. 

  13. 03/22/2015 10:45 AM
    • She was found in Pine Island Sound near Sand Creek in a shallow area rich in sea grasses.  She socialized with at least 4 other animals and fed on seagrass for at least the first 20 minutes. She swam close to our boat, and I saw no scars on her back.  It was a very busy day on the water and a few of the boats came within about 75 feet of her.  The majority of the time she responded by moving in the opposite direction.  After being spooked by one of the boats within close proximity she traveled quickly to the east side of Sand Creek where she remained in the shallow area, resting.  Her breathing intervals averaged every 4-6 minutes while actively feeding/socializing, and then while at rest 9-12 minute intervals. 

  14. 03/11/2015 11:15 AM
    • Burnie was seen in Buzzard Bay in Pine Island, Matlacha Pass, in an area of plentiful seagrass.  Her behavior was hard to determine because of the moderate chop in the area, but at one point she tossed her head back as if she were feeding but we were unable to confirm.  She moved out into the channel and two boats came fairly close to her, causing her to dive and then move back into the shallow area. 

  15. 03/08/2015 10:50 AM
    • Burnie was first located at the closed end of the Genoa South Canal in Cape Coral by herself, and then she traveled to the canal intersection.  She spent at least 30 minutes in the corner of the intersecting canal feeding on algae that was on the pilings of a boat dock on vacant property as well as ruppia on bottom. 

  16. 03/06/2015 01:01 PM
    • She milled at the end of a canal at Fourmile Point with a small spillway, which may have been a source of fresh water because salinity there was between 0 and 1 ppt.  She was by herself, but a mating herd was seen just outside the entrance to the canal system a little over a mile away. 

  17. 03/01/2015 09:12 AM
    • Burnie milled with 9 other animals in the Orange River near the cove at SR80, going from the shallow area over to the mangrove island separating the canal from the river.  At one point she fed on a mangrove branch that had been pulled onto the water surface, then bottom-rested under the mangrove for quite awhile.  A bit later she was disturbed by a group of kayakers and moved out toward marker #7 in the Orange River.  She milled toward our boat and then up the mangrove line, then back out toward marker #9 to bottom-rest again.  Her breathing intervals were every 4-7 minutes when moving.  While resting, it was at 12-15 minutes. 

  18. 02/21/2015 09:45 AM
    • She was found socializing, milling, and traveling just west of entrance to Manatee Park with at least 20 adults and 4 calves.  Unfortunately she and the group did spend quite a bit of time being surrounded by kayaks, who gave the animals more space once we asked.  She milled to the curve before the shallows by Rt. 80, where it is possible she was feeding on sea grass but could not confirm.  Later in the afternoon after the visual had concluded, the manatee tour boat relayed to us that he had seen a boater attempt to throw a rope over her tag.  The tour boat operator told them to stop and provided education about tagged manatees.  We went back to Burnie and got an in-water body condition assessment, during which I confirmed that there were no entanglements anywhere.  She still has a slightly rounded belly and fat around her peduncle and flippers, and she looks good.  Burnie continued milling around marker 5.  Thank you very much to the manatee tour boat for your report and your help in educating the public.  


  19. 02/15/2015 11:34 AM
    • Burnie was found just west of Manatee Park fence milling and socializing with about 15 adults and 3 calves.  Unfortunately she was also surrounded by a bunch of kayaks.  We provided education and asked that they give her more space, which they did.  She moved away and went closer to the Idle Speed sign near the ramp where she was released, resting there for 15 minutes and then was disturbed by the numerous kayaks and canoes.  She moved out into the middle of the river closer to our anchored boat and at one point was close enough for us to see her entire dorsal surface, which showed no signs of injury or sloughing of the skin. 

  20. 02/12/2015 01:15 PM
    • She was bottom-resting for about an hour early in the afternoon just south of where the Orange River meets the Caloosahatchee.  She was on the east bank, on the other side of the mangrove island from the idle-speed traffic and fishing.  Quite a few animals were in the area, and she stayed within a group of about 10.  After about an hour she started nosing with other animals on the surface and hanging out quietly with them on bottom. 

  21. 02/08/2015 08:30 AM
    • Burnie was found in the Caloosahatchee River just west of the FPL plant.  She was traveling, moving along the shoreline and boat docks toward the mouth of the Orange River.  Three other animals joined her, traveling, and when they entered the Orange River they found several more animals near the first piling there.  That is where she spent the remainder of our observation as she socialized with the group.  We estimated at least 50-75 manatees in the area, including several mother-calf pairs and some juveniles. 

  22. 02/07/2015 04:30 PM
    • Burnie was found traveling in the Caloosahatchee River near Midway Island going toward Ft. Myers.  She was with at least 2 other animals. 

  23. 02/04/2015 12:07 PM
    • There were a lot of animals in the Orange River today even though it has warmed up, and 30 in Burnie’s immediate area around the bend east of the SR80 bridge.  She socialized with a group of 4 others and then they bottom-rested together in a 6-ft deep area.  There were lots of animals along the south bank and the current going west was very strong. 

  24. 02/01/2015 10:06 AM
    • Burnie was seen with over 50 other animals just south of where the canal insects the Orange River north of the SR 80 bridge.  She milled between the curve where we were anchored and the passage between the canal and river, staying close to the other animals.  In addition to the mangroves there, some unknown vegetation on bottom was available and she spent some time moving along bottom, but feeding could not be confirmed. 

  25. 01/31/2015 10:04 AM
    • Burnie was found socializing with one other animal for the first 40 minutes in the cove between I-75 and SR 80, where there were probably around 60 animals.  After 40 minutes she and a group of 8 others began cavorting for about 15 minutes.  Then she stayed quietly on bottom for the next 20 minutes and after that began to move around.  Six kayaks came into the area but kept a proper distance from the manatees and were interested in Burnie’s history. 

  26. 01/25/2015 10:10 AM
    • Burnie was located at the mouth of the Orange River where it joins the Caloosahatchee.  She was staying close to the shore just across from the first piling inside the Orange River.  She was with at least 4 other adult animals, with 6-8 additional adult manatees near the entry piling.  A boat drifted up to her tag and then motored into the Orange River at idle speed.  Burnie reacted by moving further along the shoreline heading toward the Caloosahatchee, then went over to the piling and was socializing with several other animals. 

  27. 01/19/2015 12:08 PM
    • At first Burnie was milling near the Idle Speed sign just outside the entrance to the FPL plant canal, not appearing to be bothered by the kayaks that passed her.  There were lots of animals all along the Orange River and after stop-and-start milling for about half a mile she socialized with a group of 7.  Her breaths were good, at regular intervals, and at times could be described as stealthy and without much noise, like Cheeno's. 

  28. 01/17/2015 10:45 AM
    • Burnie was milling and socializing with one other animal just west of the FPL outflow. 

  29. 01/10/2015 04:06 PM
    • Burnie was observed socializing with at least 3 other manatees just west of Manatee Park.  A small fishing boat went up the river at regular speed, causing her and several others to change direction of their travel and move back toward the cove where we were anchored, moving up the river. 

  30. 01/09/2015 05:15 PM
    • Burnie socialized with two others in the Orange River, initially at first canal to the left just off the Caloosahatchee River, then traveled the waterway just under the SR80 highway heading toward Manatee Park. 

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