Watch This Now-Healthy Manatee Found Injured In Stuart Waters Being Released Off Port Salerno

by Lyssa Goldberg Oct 21, 2016 12:41 PM

Watch This Now-Healthy Manatee Found Injured In Stuart Waters Being Released Off Port Salerno

An adult manatee was released back into the waters off Port Salerno Wednesday afternoon after being nursed to health by Miami Seaquarium.

The injured male sea cow was first discovered Stuart waters in May 2015 after a watercraft-related incident left him tilting while floating. The manatee then spent almost a year and a half rehabilitating with the Seaquarium.

Now a healthy 665 pounds, the manatee was released by the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alongside the Seaquarium.

According to Martin County Sheriff's Office, MCSO's Marine Unit, other marine specialists, and a number of volunteers were also on-site to help with the release.

The public can report sick, injured or dead manatees to the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline by calling 888.404.3922.

See photos and videos of the release here:

Courtesy FWC
Courtesy FWC
Courtesy Martin County Sheriff's Office


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