Bernadette is a female manatee rescued on December 3, 2014, for cold stress. Found in Mill Cove in Jacksonville, she was 190 cm long and 291 lbs at the time. She was brought to SeaWorld to receive critical care. At her most recent health assessment on January 9, 2016, she was 222 cm long and 650 lbs. She was released on February 11, 2016, at the Cape Canaveral power plant and will be monitored by Sea To Shore Alliance through the winter until spring 2016.
12/12/2016 11:49 AM
Bernadette's belt was heard in the power plant outflow, meaning she successfully completed nearly one year back in the wild! I spent time swimming and feeling down the backs of all manatees encountered to try to find her belt, but no success today. We will be trying again during the next cold fronts. Great to know that she returned to the power plant this winter!
03/08/2016 09:10 AM
She was located on the north edge of the outflow area. As she has been for the past week, she appeared to be semi approachable in the water according to where her belt signal is detected, but moving away before I can feel for a belt to re attach the tag.
03/02/2016 02:30 PM
02/27/2016 12:59 PM
Bernadette appeared to be milling and resting in the southwest corner of the power plant outflow. Leonard, Carmine, MC Hammock, Sheldon, and Squiggy were all nearby.
02/21/2016 12:57 PM
After her tag malfunctioned, Bernadette was given a tag exchange at the Canaveral power plant. She was socializing there among about 75 other animals including Carmine, Leonard, and MC Hammock. She was still in good body condition.
02/17/2016 09:00 AM
Bernadette socialized within a small group including MC Hammock in the southwest corner of the power plant outflow. She was approached for an in-water body condition and looked good, still had plenty of weight, and had no spots on her face or any other indications of cold stress.
02/15/2016 09:00 AM
Bernadette was observed milling near the center of the outflow. She later bottom rested, with Carmine, Abigail, and MC Hammock all nearby. Breaths were consistently 9 to 10 minutes apart.
Data map is currently not present for Bernadette.