The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team rescued an injured manatee from the Indian River in Port St. John, Fla., near the FPL power plant. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) spotted the injured manatee last Wednesday (May 14) and had been monitoring it closely. FWC noticed that the manatee was not submerging under water and appeared to suffer from a watercraft hit. The manatee, which is believed to be eight feet in length and weigh almost 800 pounds, was transported by FWC to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, for rehabilitation and care.
So far in 2014, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued six manatees and returned six. This is the 501st rescued manatee to be cared for at SeaWorld Orlando since the animal rescue program started in 1976. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 23,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.