FWC rescues injured manatee caught in monofilament

Officers Rafter, Swensson, Rhoda, Larios and Coger assist FWC Biologist’s and the Dolphin Research Center, Dolphin’s Plus and Aquarium Encounters with an injured manatee rescue. 

The manatee teams worked together to rescue the large adult female from the waterway near Taylor Creek Village in Key Largo. The manatee had monofilament line embedded in both front flippers. The manatee was transported by FWC biologists to SeaWorld in Orlando for medical treatment.

Minnow the manatee released in KCB

Dolphin Research Center’s Mary Stella narrates the release of Minnow. The local agency was integral to the rescue and release of the sea cow.
Minnow, a 745-pound young male, went into the water much easier than he came out. It took two days to rescue the propeller-scarred manatee in the Middle Keys.
A crowd of more than 50 gathered at Key Colony Beach City Hall to await the arrival of Minnow, who convalesced at the Miami Seaquarium for six months. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly


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