TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A manatee that was caught in a fishing line is being taken to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for treatment.
Wildlife officials captured the manatee Monday in the Titusville Marina. Officials believe the manatee is one of at least seven in Brevard County that is entangled with the line.
The saved manatee was found entangled by accident Friday by a marine biologist who was swimming in the marina trying to find another animal that is badly entangled. The marine biologist put a radio transmitter on the manatee's tail that allowed it to be located.
The adult female manatee weighs an estimated 1,300 pounds. It had fishing line embedded into its left flipper.
A veterinarian will treat the animal, and it will be released after it recovers.