ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - Marine mammal experts have released the first of three recovered manatees back into the wild after two were treated for lacerations caused by boat propellers in two different Florida locations.
Jasmine - named for the street adjacent to a canal in a Florida Keys neighborhood where she was captured in mid-March - was transported from the Miami Seaquarium after treatment.
Officials from the Keys-based Dolphin Research Center and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped to facilitate Jasmine's capture and Tuesday's release.
A mother and calf recovered from a Palm Bay waterway in May were being transported back to Palm Bay Tuesday, as well.
The mother was struck by a boat, and while the calf was not injured, an FWC official says it accompanies the parent to ensure its survival.
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