About Abigail

Gender: Female
Current Tag Id: 9102

Abigail is a female manatee who was rescued as an orphan with cold stress on March 23, 2013.  Found in Indian River in Merritt Island, Brevard County, she was 163 cm long and weighed 170 lbs.  She received critical care at Miami Seaquarium, then was transferred to Cincinnati Zoo to grow and gain weight.  She was released at the Cape Canaveral power plant on January 19, 2016, and Sea To Shore Alliance will monitor her for one year. 

  1. 04/20/2017 09:45 AM
    • Abigail was first found feeding on bottom in the morning with 3 other adults on the east bank of Indian River south of 520.  Despite a quiet approach the other 3 were curious about my boat but Abigail, naturally, was not.  Unfortunately I was not able to remove her tracking gear this time, but she still looks very good.

  2. 04/19/2017 03:20 PM
    • Abigail milled around docks 3/4 mile south of 520 in Indian River, eventually settling down on the bottom under a dock to begin bottom-resting. There was a lot of chop and whitecaps in the river, but it was more calm near shore on the east side as well as vegetation on bottom.

  3. 03/29/2017 11:40 AM
    • Abigail was hanging out on the bottom next to a dock near Footman’s Landing for the entire observation period. She now has a small scrape on her left side. Her respiration rates were 5-7 minutes apart, then she began taking double breaths in preparation to go to sleep.

  4. 03/27/2017 01:00 PM
    • Abigail was observed milling in the middle of Indian River, about half a mile south of the 520 bridge, across from Osteen Park. Respiration intervals were consistently 4-5 minutes. She was by herself.

  5. 03/25/2017 11:20 AM
    • Abigail and 5 others avoided today’s high winds and choppy conditions by congregating in a residential canal off the east bank of Indian River. She milled and socialized for the entire visual. Gas bubbles were seen at 1202, so she is still feeding. Her respiration intervals were in the 5-6 minute range. Her nose seemed less white than during previous visuals.

  6. 03/20/2017 04:19 PM
    • Abigail was observed with 2 other animals, milling and socializing in the middle of Indian River south of the 520 bridge. Respiration intervals were 4-5 minutes.

  7. 03/17/2017 03:05 PM
    • Abigail was observed with 2 other animals milling and socializing in the middle of Indian River. Respiration rates were steady at 4-5 minutes, but it was not possible to get a good look at her face. They milled north to about half a mile south of the 520 bridge near Osteen Park.

  8. 03/16/2017 03:20 PM
    • Abigail and one other adult were still milling around the islands in the area that they like. Water temperature there was 18.5C, so Abigail and the other animal had not yet reached their trigger temps.  Her respiration rate was normal at 4-5 minute intervals.

  9. 03/11/2017 09:47 AM
    • Abigail milled and socialized in a group of 5 adults and one mother-calf pair one mile south of the 520 bridge in the Indian River. She finally permitted an in-water body condition and looks good, with a slightly rounded belly, appearing to have put on weight since her capture and relocation this winter. Her rostrum is still pale but less so than earlier this winter.

  10. 02/27/2017 12:20 PM
    • Abigail spent the first part of the observation milling 20 yards offshore, over a mile south of the 520 bridge. Then she settled on the bottom calmly, staying in place but not yet going to sleep. There were 2 other animals in the area socializing and cavorting. Water temperature was 23C there.

  11. 02/24/2017 05:22 PM
    • Abigail was bottom-resting near a dock 20 yards out into the river, about a mile and a half south of the 520 bridge. Her breathing intervals were 9-10 minutes. There were 7 other animals milling in the area the entire time. Water temperature in the area was 22C.

  12. 02/22/2017 12:55 PM
    • Abigail spent the entire observation period milling south of the 520 bridge, with respiration intervals of 3-5 minutes. In about an hour she began to socialize with another animal, touching noses and then following for a short time. There were 3 adults and one mother calf pair in the area with her.

  13. 02/19/2017 10:27 AM
    • She was milling and feeding within a group of 8 other adults and a mother-calf pair.  We attempted an in-water body condition but unfortunately she would not cooperate despite several attempts to approach. Her face remains pale in color with some whiteness in the creases of her nose, and generally her neck and face and dorsal surface remain similar to previous weeks.

  14. 02/15/2017 09:14 AM
    • Abigail was milling by herself slightly to the south of her area on the east bank of Indian River, heading north and staying 50 yards offshore. Eventually she moved towards shore, settling in under a dock. Very strong winds and choppy conditions.

  15. 02/12/2017 10:40 AM
    • I found Abigail south of the 520 bridge amongst a small group of 6 other animals. She milled and fed with them for the majority of the visual. Brief periods of social behavior were also noted throughout.  Water temp at her location was 20C, and respiration intervals were 3-5 minutes.

  16. 02/10/2017 01:10 PM
    • Abigail rested on bottom for about 30 min near the small island south of a canal on the east side of Indian River with two other adults in the area.  Water temp there was 22C. When she woke she stayed within about 20 ft of the others, possibly feeding on the vegetation on bottom but she wasn't lifting her head high enough at breaths to confirm it.  According to predictions this may turn into a weaker cool front and might not bring a big drop in water temperatures.

  17. 02/06/2017 10:10 AM
    • Abigail was observed a bit further south of the 520 bridge, about a mile and a half, milling offshore by herself. She traveled half a mile further south along the shoreline, then milled around a residential dock, hanging out on bottom. Water temperature was 19C.

  18. 02/05/2017 10:34 AM
    • Abigail milled and fed for the entire visual. She was alone and about a mile south of the 520 bridge on the east bank of Indian River. Her face was pale with whiteness in the creases of her nose. Her condition was consistent with earlier in the week. No lesions on her face. Respiration intervals were 4-7 mins.

  19. 02/03/2017 09:38 AM
    • Abigail was observed 50-100 yards offshore on the east bank of Indian River a little over a mile south of 520, milling and socializing with 3 other animals for the entire observation period. The pale coloration on her nose was consistent with earlier observations. Respiration intervals 4-6 minutes.

  20. 02/01/2017 11:58 AM
    • Abigail was observed again at the secondary warm water site almost a mile down Crane Creek with 25-30 other animals, socializing and staying warm on bottom. Water temperature on bottom was 20 Celsius. Late in the morning she traveled back out toward Indian River.

  21. 01/30/2017 10:57 AM
    • After traveling south from the Eau Gallie marina for the first half of the day, Abigail made her way approximately 3/4 mile down Crane Creek to a known secondary warm water source. She was observed with 30+ animals milling and hanging out on bottom. Abigail's respiration intervals were normal at 4-6 minutes. Abigail's snout was still pale in color but has not gotten worse.

  22. 01/29/2017 09:56 AM
    • This morning she was seen traveling south by herself at the Eau Gallie bridge, having been traveling south pretty much all night. Her nostrils now have white around them and there is white in the creases of her nose. We are monitoring her closely in case rescue is needed.

  23. 01/28/2017 01:55 PM
    • Abigail was seen by herself and milling calmly south down Indian River, along the west bank this time, almost 4 miles south of the 520 bridge.  Her nose is still lighter in color with no lesions and her tail still has a very slight halo, and her body condition has stayed the same.  She did have gas, showing she has been feeding. She’s continuing to travel south this evening, to about 5 miles south of 520.

  24. 01/26/2017 11:54 AM
    • Abigail was observed about 200 yards from shore on the east bank of Indian River. She milled with regular respiration rates, by herself at first. While milling Abigail began to interact with another animal, eventually heading further offshore following the animal behind a small island.

  25. 01/25/2017 11:53 AM
    • Today Abigail was found feeding on bottom vegetation with 2 other animals about a mile south of the 520 bridge on the east bank of Indian River.  Water temperature there was 18.5C and her respiration intervals were her normal 5 min apart.  She looked the same as she did 2 weeks ago--her nose is still lighter than her body but not any more so--and the 2 adults with her both looked good, with solid grey faces. 

  26. 01/24/2017 09:51 AM
    • Abigail was observed about 100 yards from shore on the east side of Indian River. She milled south, then settled on bottom. Abigail's nose was still lighter in color than the rest of her body. No other animals were seen in the area.

  27. 01/21/2017 10:35 AM
    • Abigail was seen by herself on the east bank of Indian River, south of 520. She traveled south about 100 yards out from the bank, occasionally slowing down to mill but still keeping the same general direction.

  28. 01/14/2017 10:19 AM
    • Abigail settled on bottom with a small group of animals that were about 25 yards away from the actual outflow within the zone boundaries. Her face remains light in color from last week. Breathing intervals were 6-7 min apart.

  29. 01/10/2017 08:45 AM
    • Abigail was captured outside Banana River Marina by SeaWorld, FWC, and Sea To Shore Alliance, and given a health assessment since she had not responded to cold fronts by going to a primary warm water source. Her whitened nose seen during recent field observations was evident, but otherwise her assessment concluded with recommendations for a relocation to the power plant outflow.

  30. 01/09/2017 09:05 AM
    • Abigail and at least 30 other animals were taking advantage of a secondary warm water site at Banana River Marina, staying on bottom and burrowing down into the slightly warmer muck on bottom. Most were large adults with the exceptions of Abigail and a small male who showed signs of cold stress and was subsequently rescued by FWC that afternoon. Thanks to the very helpful folks at the marina who were willing to pitch in for the rescue!

  31. 01/08/2017 01:11 PM
    • This afternoon Abigail was seen in the same area about 1/3 mile south of the 520 bridge on the west bank of Banana River where there are some thalassia beds on bottom, though this morning she did again go north of 520 and into a canal and then came back down again.  She was by herself and occasionally milling in short bursts but mostly staying quietly on bottom.  Water temp was concerning at 16C.  High, chilly winds and very choppy water.  Her nose is now whiter.  Respirations varied, mostly 3-4 minutes apart but there were a few that were 2 minutes apart; her normal interval is a bit longer, 4-6 minutes apart.  Her behavior didn't show any exploring or efforts to find warm water, and she hasn't yet made any moves in that direction yet.  It seems she'll go with her usual group to the nearby secondary warm water sites but she apparently didn't follow them to the power plant.  We are discussing a rescue plan for her.

  32. 01/07/2017 02:24 PM
    • Earlier in the day Abigail had moved north of the 520 bridge and into canals, eventually turning south again and back past the bridge. She was observed 20-30 yards from shore milling and feeding on thalassia and then began to continue south. There were no other animals in the area. Respiration rates were 3-5 minutes apart for the entire observation period. Abigail's snout was paler in color than the rest of her body.

  33. 01/02/2017 12:23 PM
    • Abigail was in a group with 5 other animals in Banana River south of the 520 bridge, milling between them as they met up to settle next to each other on bottom.  Then she and the group fed on thalassia on bottom, doing head tosses when they surfaced.

  34. 12/31/2016 11:32 AM
    • Abigail socialized the entire visual inside the Banana River Marina. She was in a group with 40+ other adults and 6 calves. The temperature inside the Banana River Marina was 19 degrees celsius. The ambient Banana River temperature was 17 degrees celsius.  She had some slight signs of cold stress around her mouth and nostrils. Her body appeared dark and covered with a thin layer of algae. Her behavior and respiration rates (5-7 mins) were normal.

  35. 12/29/2016 11:27 AM
    • Inside the marina about 1/3 mile south of the 520 bridge in Banana River, Abigail bottom-rested and then socialized with 5 adults and one calf. She milled outside the marina with the others and then traveled away from a passing crabber boat, heading back into the marina for shelter. Others with her were seen feeding briefly on thalassia beds on bottom, and gas was seen from her, evidence that she has been feeding. She and the group she was with had a thin layer of brown algae on their dorsal surfaces and she now has 2 small white scars, about 2-3 inches long, on her right side in the center.

  36. 12/27/2016 01:20 PM
    • Abigail stayed on bottom by herself outside a marina south of the 520 bridge on the west bank of the Banana River. She was approached for an in-water body condition and looked good, with a flat stomach and lean but not overly, and filled-out neck and shoulders. She traveled away and then milled slightly north.

  37. 12/21/2016 12:48 PM
    • She was seen socializing with 5 adults about 50 ft off the west bank of Banana River, south of the 520 bridge. Thalassia beds and algae were available in the area and she may have fed on thalassia on the bottom but it was unable to be confirmed. After spending time on bottom, the group started milling north along the bank toward the bridge.

  38. 12/11/2016 01:55 AM
    • Abigail was found milling alone 100 feet off the shoreline of Horti Point. Approximately 55 minutes into the visual she made her way back into Horti Point canal where she met up with 6 other adults and bottom rested. Water temperature was slightly warmer in the canal. Gas bubbles were seen from her in the afternoon, indicating she has been feeding. Respiration rates were 3-4 minutes when milling and about 9 minutes at rest. Her face seemed solid and dark in color, with no evidence of cold stress.

  39. 12/05/2016 01:54 AM
    • Abigail intermittently milled a little bit in a slightly northern direction along the bank and socialized with 3 other adults, one staying close to her.  She and the others tossed their heads back a few times but feeding could not be confirmed.  After about an hour she milled a little further north among the pilings of docks.  Breath intervals 3-4 min.

  40. 11/15/2016 01:53 AM
    • Abigail’s tag exchange was completed after her tag unexpectedly went down at the end of October.  Thanks to Jennie and Mark who also spent a lot of time on this with me!  She appears to have no affinity for humans left, because it took two solid weeks of swimming, but of course that’s a positive thing that she is behaving more like a wild manatee and is wary of boats. Help from people in the Merritt Island community was very greatly appreciated! Many thanks to Joe and Karen who agreed to be impromptu spotters for the final leg of the tag exchange, and Rita for keeping a lookout for Abigail near her house.

  41. 11/06/2016 09:52 AM
    • Fortunately we were lucky enough to find her bottom-resting, and I was able to very quietly approach and chip the barnacles away for nearly 15 minutes until I could finally remove the old tag. She has not allowed the new tag to be put on yet, so that is what I’m working on now. Thanks so much to all the hours Jennie and Mark have put in helping with this, and a huge thanks to Louise Segura and Jose Luis in the neighborhood who have been keeping a helpful eye on Abigail!

  42. 11/03/2016 09:51 AM
    • She continued to be evasive, but at length was able to be approached once. Unfortunately the joiner of her tag is completely covered in barnacles to the point that it could not be unscrewed, so I will either have to gradually chip away at the barnacles or clip a new tag and tether to the belt and cut off the old one--whichever she may tolerate.

  43. 11/02/2016 09:04 AM
    • Still with some of the group from the previous day, Abigail socialized and milled, and traveled away when approached along with some of the other group. Some of the others appeared to be as skittish as she now is, but two were not disturbed by a swimmer in the water.

  44. 11/01/2016 10:09 AM
    • The GPS of Abigail’s tag has unexpectedly gone down, but she was located in Sykes Creek socializing, milling, feeding on thalassia on bottom, and traveling with 6 other animals. As opposed to other in-water approaches, this time she was very skittish and traveled away each time.

  45. 10/29/2016 09:45 AM
    • Abigail spent the entire visual milling with 4 other animals on the southeast shoreline of Sykes Creek. Respiration rates were about 6 minutes apart. Tree leaves and mangroves were available, but vegetation seemed sparse in this particular area of the creek.

  46. 10/20/2016 11:45 AM
    • She was milling slowly south among docks along the east bank of south Merritt Island.  She allowed an approach for an in-water body condition and looks good, having rounded out a little more in the neck, belly, and around the peduncle.  Her belly was flat to very slightly rounded.

  47. 10/03/2016 03:15 PM
    • Abigail and one other animal were milling in a start and stop way, possibly feeding on the spots of vegetation on bottom but unable to confirm.  The two also socialized along the way, sometimes side by side.

  48. 09/22/2016 11:25 AM
    • Abigail was found staying stationary on bottom near the east bank of the Banana River north of Port Canaveral.  Then she alternated between slow milling, sitting stationary, and brief spells of feeding;  gas was also observed from her.

  49. 08/16/2016 04:10 PM
    • She was first found bottom-resting with 3 adults and 1 calf in the marina basin at Kelly Park in Banana River, and consequently sat still for her tag exchange.  It woke her up to start socializing after that.  She looked good, with a flat stomach and a filled-out neck, looking healthy.  She continued to socialize, but when a large boat started its motor she and the others traveled out together and headed north.

  50. 08/12/2016 01:17 PM
    • Abigail and one other animal were about 150 ft off the south bank of the Nasa Pkwy bridge, milling back and forth slowly, wandering and changing directions.  There were patches of vegetation on bottom.

  51. 07/30/2016 03:10 PM
    • Abigail was seen in Banana River on the west shoreline, just south of Sykes Creek, with 4 other animals. She traveled in a northward direction for much of the visual. She stopped twice and milled briefly.  It's possible she may have grabbed a quick bite as the area was full of thalassia and halodule.

  52. 07/23/2016 03:28 PM
    • Abigail milled and socialized the entire visual within a large group on the southeast shoreline of Sykes Creek. She surfaced several times alongside three other animals. They seemed to stay with each other for most of the visual. Gas bubbles were seen several times in the general area, and respiration rates were steady.

  53. 07/19/2016 10:20 AM
    • She was in a Merritt Island residential canal with a group of 7 others, some of whom were participating in cavorting nearby, but she and a few others were not participating, and her breath intervals were already growing lengthy as she and the few other sideliners settled into resting on bottom.

  54. 07/04/2016 12:14 PM
    • Abigail socialized actively with one other adult at the surface at the end of a canal in Merritt Island, a safe and quiet place to be during the holiday, fortunately.

  55. 06/29/2016 01:40 PM
    • She socialized in a large group of 8 other animals in this canal off the east shore of Merritt Island in Banana River.  Some of the animals were cavorting in a sub-group, but Abigail and 2-3 others stayed together at the surface nearby and did not join in.

  56. 06/26/2016 02:00 PM
    • Abigail was with 15 other animals off the southeast shoreline of Sykes Creek. Two young calves were also present. She socialized, cavorted and milled the entire visual. Respiration rates were normal at 4-5 minutes apart. A neighborhood resident informed me that Abigail had been frequent to the area and was seen several times socializing within a group.

  57. 06/15/2016 02:00 PM
    • Abigail socialized with 12 other animals in a residential canal in Merritt Island. Among the larger group she and one larger animal socialized actively at the surface, nosing each other and swimming parallel, then cavorting with two others.  Her body condition was examined, and her belly has filled out since last month’s body condition assessment and is now very slightly rounded with no folds.  She looks very good.  She still has the small white mark on the right side of her head and another similar very small white mark in the center of her back.

  58. 06/04/2016 12:00 PM
    • Abigail was seen milling with at least 4 other animals on the east bank of Merritt Island in Banana River south of 520.

  59. 05/25/2016 12:55 PM
    • Abigail was found hanging out near the western channel entrance in lower Banana River, slowly milling around and feeding.  She was with 8 adults and 2 calves. She repeatedly tossed her head, and other animals in the area were feeding on brown macroalgae and sea lettuce, along with some halodule in the wind drift.

  60. 05/19/2016 12:37 PM
    • Abigail was found hanging out with a group of 14 other animals near the western channel entrance in lower Banana River.  Most of the other animals were feeding on macroalgae and Abigail was milling the entire time, but no head tossing or any other feeding behavior was observed from her.

  61. 05/11/2016 02:50 PM
    • Abigail was milling in a residential canal in middle Banana River at the end of the canal. With a freshwater source on the other side of the small lock at the end of the residential canal, she may have been drinking fresh water trickling from it.  There was one other animal surface-resting there, and she milled around slowly, staying close to the little lock, before surface resting as well.

  62. 05/07/2016 04:16 PM
    • Coming back from lower Sykes Creek, Abigail traveled into the barge canal and turned east, milling to the Banana River entrance, then back again, avoiding fairly heavy slow and idle boat traffic.  Then she turned south, continuing to mill and travel down the bank by herself, eventually turning into a residential canal.

  63. 04/29/2016 03:05 PM
    • Within a group of at least 7 others, Abigail was mostly socializing this afternoon at the end of the canal on the west bank of Banana River.  She and the others were staying on the surface, nosing each other, and she may have had gas during this visual but I could not confirm that it was her.  I was told by a citizen that there is a freshwater source in the next canal over as well.

  64. 04/24/2016 11:14 AM
    • Abigail was seen milling and socializing with around 6 other animals in Banana River south of the Canaveral locks.

  65. 04/19/2016 11:29 AM
    • Abigail was observed hanging out in a residential canal with 7 other animals, most of large size, with one calf.  Upon arrival Abigail was casually milling about the canal, approaching different animals any time one of them moved or socialized with another animal.  If none of the other animals socialized with her she would alternate between slow milling and simply remaining stationary.  She would occasionally dart to the canal entrance whenever another animal would show up, and she did follow one outgoing animal around the corner for a bit but stopped following and slowly milled back to the canal.

  66. 04/17/2016 09:15 AM
    • Abigail spent the visual milling and socializing in a canal on the west bank of Banana River with 6 adults and a calf.  Although no feeding was observed, gas was seen from her mid-morning, indicating she has been feeding.  Respiration interval rates were 4-6 minutes. 

  67. 04/13/2016 12:38 PM
    • She and one other animal socialized briefly on the west bank of Banana River just south of Nasa Pkwy, then appeared spooked by something and milled northeast along the bank.  The milling was in brief spurts in between staying still on the bottom, possibly socializing.  

  68. 04/05/2016 09:05 AM
    • Abigail traveled north close to the middle of Banana River just south of 528 with two other animals.  They crossed the channel and milled more slowly south, then north, down the east bank of the river, but were disturbed several times by boats and kept traveling away.  They ended up heading north again under the bridge toward northern Banana River.  Halodule and mangroves were the area's available vegetation, and the floating halodule was green and fresh. 

  69. 03/31/2016 11:25 AM
    • Abigail and several others were found bottom-resting in the basin at Kars Park on the west bank of Banana River until a boat startled them and they traveled out.  Turning north to where the restricted area of north Banana River begins, they continued to travel and mill north.  There were aggregations of fresh green syringonium and halodule on the shoreline so there is a supply of it at least in this area of the river for the moment. 

  70. 03/26/2016 01:30 PM
    • Abigail spent the entire visual milling and socializing with 10 other animals in a subdivision canal off the west bank of Banana River.  Her face appeared even and dark in color, and respiration rates were normal and consistent. 

  71. 03/24/2016 02:21 PM
    • Abigail socialized at the surface in a group of 15 other animals in the secondary warm water source at the end of a canal in Banana River.  She was approached for an in-water body condition, and though I did not feel any folds on her belly that would indicate loose skin, she seemed lean though generally in good condition.  Her face looked good, with the previously seen white spots having faded. 

  72. 03/15/2016 10:45 AM
    • Abigail was found sleeping soundly back in a subdivision canal off of Banana River on Merritt Island.  She bottom rested for the duration of the observation period with approximately 19 other animals, with a consistent respiration rate of 6-8 minute intervals. 

  73. 03/08/2016 11:15 AM
    • Abigail was initially located coming out of a residential canal system on the west bank of Banana River, following one larger animal.  It appeared as though she lost him, however, as she spent the rest of the visual traveling back and forth between the two canal openings, briefly milling around there and then moving on. 

  74. 03/06/2016 02:30 PM
    • Abigail was observed milling with 12 other animals in a canal on the west bank of central Banana River.  Her behavior turned to socializing when she touched noses with 2 other animals an hour later.  She was also observed nudging other resting animals in what looked like attempts to get them to socialize.  Her face was slightly light in color but no lesions were observed.  

  75. 03/01/2016 09:17 AM
    • Abigail was socializing at the surface with 3 other animals at the end of a canal on the west bank of central Banana River.  Because she had previously been observed with some white cold stress lesions on her face she was captured for a health assessment and was found to be in good health, with the minor signs of cold stress already beginning to fade and resolve.  Upon release Abigail went back down the canal, which is a known secondary warm water source for manatees during mild cold fronts.  

  76. 02/28/2016 01:15 PM
    • She was traveling on the east bank of upper Banana River just north of Whites Point, mostly staying within 100 feet of the bank, changing directions 3 times during the 2 hours I was with her.  She was by herself and seemed to be investigating.  

  77. 02/26/2016 12:45 PM
    • Having traveled south to the power plant from Haulover Canal early this morning, Abigail was seen in the central area of the power plant outflow closely flanked by 8 other animals within the more than 250 there.  At first her respirations were uneven, but then evened out.  It appeared she was trying to go to sleep after her journey but was being aggravated by other animals. 

  78. 02/23/2016 11:50 AM
    • Abigail was traveling south in the upper area of Indian River, alternating between traveling and somewhat rapid milling.  Given her previous day's movement straight to Haulover Canal it is possible she had been with other animals at the time but is now by herself.  Visibility was poor due to weather and her rapid movement. 

  79. 02/17/2016 09:06 AM
    • Abigail socialized close to the outflow at the Canaveral power plant with at least 250 other animals.  She was given an in-water body condition assessment, which showed that she had lost a normal amount of weight after release and was not thin.  She had a few white spots on her face and a several-inch white scratch on the right side of her head.  She tolerated the approach and assessment and traveled alongside me afterward, parallel but at least 10 feet away, for some distance, seeming to be curious. 

  80. 02/15/2016 09:04 AM
    • Abigail was observed socializing and milling within a small group of animals.  There were at least 200 others there. 

  81. 02/10/2016 12:30 PM
    • She was observed in the outflow area mostly staying still on the bottom with normal respiration rates, likely keeping warm in the outflow.  There were at least 200 other animals there. 

  82. 02/08/2016 03:45 PM
    • Abigail milled and socialized in the north central area of the Canaveral power plant outflow.  There were about 250 other animals there.  

  83. 02/05/2016 12:16 PM
    • Abigail was traveling quickly in from going south down the west coast of Indian River into the entrance to a creek south of Palm Shores.  Near shore she slowed down for 10 minutes to mill outside the entrance to the creek, then decided to continue into it.  She was by herself. 

  84. 02/01/2016 11:00 AM
    • Abigail socialized for nearly the entire visual with at least 200 other animals on the northern end of the outflow area.  There was a boisterous mating herd going on near her, but she stayed on the sidelines and socialized with others. 

  85. 01/25/2016 11:39 AM
    • Abigail socialized in the outflow the entire morning; she and Shirley stayed close for nearly the entire visual.  There were at least 200 other animals there including Laverne and MC Hammock.  

  86. 01/21/2016 09:43 AM
    • She was seen by Sea To Shore field biologists hanging out on bottom near the center of the outflow with more than 250 other animals including Laverne, Shirley, and MC Hammock.  After 20 minutes a 15-ft jonboat entered the No Entry zone at slow speed and passed Abigail within 30 ft, causing her to travel away.  The boat was reported and asked by law enforcement to leave the area, which it did, and Abigail returned to staying still on bottom near the center of the outflow area. 

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