CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. - A crowd of fans awaited the arrival of the latest celebrity at South Seas Resort.
"Cap" the manatee returned to his native waters Wednesday afternoon after undergoing rehabilitation for red tide poisoning.
According to FWC, Cap was discovered near the resort April 10, paralyzed from red tide toxin. An FWC officer held the 800-pound manatee's head out of the water for an hour until back-up could arrive.
Biologists at Lowry Park Zoo treated Cap and more than a dozen other manatees injured by the most recent red tide bloom that spanned September to April.
FWC biologists say that latest bloom killed off more than 270 manatees, a record.
Over the past two months, the rescued manatees that survived rehabilitation at Lowry Park Zoo have been released into the wild.