ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Orlando received a female manatee that was rescued by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission from Merritt Island National Refuge in Brevard County, on Thursday. This is the same spot where two manatees were rescued last week.
The female manatee was trapped in an area of the waterway where she couldn’t navigate her way out. She is estimated to be approximately 8 feet in length and weigh around 680 pounds. She was also exhibiting symptoms of cold stress.
Early Friday morning, animal experts took blood samples and assessed her condition further. For now, the manatee is in guarded condition and is in the park’s rehabilitation pool with the other two rescued manatees. She will be monitored closely along with the others during the next few days.
If you see injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.
(Photo courtesy of SeaWorld)