About Shirley

Gender: Female
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Shirley is a female manatee found in DeSoto Canal in Satellite Beach, Brevard County, on January 28, 2014, and rescued for being an orphaned calf.  She was 142 cm long and weighed 121 lbs.  She was brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation and care, and released at the Cape Canaveral power plant on January 19, 2016. She left the power plant and did not return during a cold front, so she was rescued on February 11, 2016, and brought back to SeaWorld to be treated for cold stress. She has now grown to 244 centimeters and 785 pounds. Shirley was released again into Indian River in Port St John on February 27, 2017, and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance.

  1. 04/10/2017 04:23 PM
    • Unfortunately Shirley’s tag was recovered on the east bank of Indian River just north of the Nasa Causeway. We are spending the next few days in concentrated search efforts for Shirley in hopes of re-tagging her.

  2. 04/05/2017 05:25 PM
    • Shirley had spent most of the day at the old OUC plant, then traveled south along the west bank of the river and was observed milling around slowly at the back border of the power plant outflow.  There were 8 other animals in the area, including Blanche.

  3. 03/29/2017 08:14 AM
    • Shirley spent her morning traveling north along the west bank of the Indian River by herself, making her way to the south bank of the NASA Causeway. This was a place she visited after her previous release in 2016. When she reached the causeway she slowed and began milling.

  4. 03/27/2017 02:30 PM
    • Shirley milled and socialized in the northwest corner of the power plant outflow during the most of the observation period, with respiration intervals of 4-5 minutes. Blanche and Shirley socialized for a few moments and then settled in on the bottom. A while later Shirley moved to the middle of the outflow. Her facial color was dark gray and consistent. About 50 other animals were at the power plant.

  5. 03/22/2017 02:25 PM
    • Shirley spent the entire observation period in the middle of the power plant outflow area with a total of over 100 animals, social and bunched up with several others, then starting to settle down to sleep.

  6. 03/20/2017 03:00 PM
    • Shirley came back to the power plant, coming in from the north and then milling in the northeast corner of the outflow. After 25 minutes she began heading north, exiting the outflow area. About 100 other animals were there.

  7. 03/17/2017 04:20 AM
    • Shirley was located in Port St John in the power plant outflow, resting on bottom in the southeast corner with respiration rates of 8-9 minutes apart. Blanche and 5 other tagged animals were in the same location.

  8. 03/15/2017 04:10 PM
    • Shirley was located at the Canaveral power plant in Port St John settled in on the bottom, presumably keeping warm in the northeast corner of the outflow where she remained for the entire observation. Respiration rates of 4-6 minutes. Blanche and Salt were in the same location, with about 150 animals total in the outflow. Water temperature there was 21.5 C.

  9. 03/11/2017 12:00 PM
    • Shirley milled near the northwest corner of the Canaveral outflow with at least 30 other animals, with 4-minute respiration intervals. She moved more towards the center of the outflow, still within a group, and settled down on bottom.

  10. 03/08/2017 01:42 PM
    • Shirley was found at the west end of the OUC outflow showing a possible pacing behavior, moving back and forth under the floating barrier, traveling approximately 1/4 the length of the canal. One other animal was in the area. The behavior continued for 65 minutes, with respiration intervals of 2-3 minutes presumably from the effort. Shirley finally settled down at the west end of the canal and remained settled on bottom for the rest of the observation with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes.

  11. 03/06/2017 03:28 PM
    • Shirley spent the observation milling around the old OUC plant outflow with 3 other animals, eventually leaving and heading north up the west bank of Indian River.

  12. 03/05/2017 02:27 PM
    • Shirley and Blanche both went to the Canaveral power plant outflow during the slight cool front.

  13. 03/02/2017 01:35 PM
    • Shirley spent most of the observation milling around the outflow of the old OUC plant. Blanche and one other animal were also in the area. At one point a fisherman entered the area but Shirley had no reaction. Her respiration intervals were regular at 4-6 minutes. At one point Shirley was at the shoreline stretching toward the mangroves, but I was not able to confirm whether she ate any.

  14. 02/27/2017 03:10 PM
    • Shirley was released with Blanche this morning at Port St. John. Later in the day she was observed milling about 100 yards offshore south of NASA causway at Tom Statham Park, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes. She was by herself. At one point Shirley was startled by something underwater and began traveling south.

  15. 02/11/2016 05:50 PM
    • During the cold front the second week of February, Shirley went to the CCEC FPL plant on Saturday, 2/6/16, and was seen there again on 2/8/16, but each time she only stayed for a few hours.  She traveled to Sykes Creek, changing directions as if exploring or lost, unable to find the secondary warm water spots there.  Concerned about her habit of not staying very long at the power plant, we increased the frequency of visuals on Shirley.  By 2/11/16 she had continued to the east side of Banana River, still by herself and in cold water temperatures.  She was behaving lethargically, not moving much with a small amount of very slow milling.  White blisters on her face and white around her nostrils as well as elevated respiration intervals indicated cold stress.  SeaWorld was able to coordinate a rescue and Shirley was successfully caught and transported there for critical care, where she is recovering.  Thank you to nearby residents Sharon and Stu for helping out with Shirley's rescue!

  16. 02/05/2016 03:40 PM
    • She was seen traveling north along the east side of Indian River outside a creek entrance.  She was by herself, occasionally slowing down to milling, appearing to be exploring. 

  17. 02/01/2016 01:37 PM
    • Shirley was observed milling on the east bank of Indian River north of 528.  She was by herself and appeared to be exploring the bank on the east side before turning and heading back toward the west coast of the river. 

  18. 01/31/2016 08:33 AM
    • This morning Shirley was reported as having spent 12 hours in the intake canal at Canaveral power plant.  She was behaving normally and breathing at regular intervals, but since the canal had a current there was concern that if she stayed there too long she might tire before figuring out how to leave.  The plant decreased the current in the canal and removed a boom which Shirley had had to swim under to enter the canal, and fortunately she left the canal and began traveling south in the river.

  19. 01/25/2016 11:35 AM
    • Shirley socialized in the outflow for nearly the entire morning; she and Abigail stayed close for most of the visual.  She then milled southward in the outflow for a few minutes.  There were at least 200 other animals there including Laverne and MC Hammock. 

  20. 01/21/2016 09:39 AM
    • She was seen by Sea To Shore field biologists staying near the center of the outflow with more than 250 other animals including Laverne, MC Hammock, and Abigail.  She began milling after about 30 minutes, coming close to MC Hammock, then settled down again on bottom. 

Data map is currently not present for Shirley.