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Showing posts with label manatee. Show all posts

December 10, 2018

SeaWorld Rescue Team and Partners Rescue Manatee in South Carolina


Orlando, Fla. (December, 2018) -- Members of the SeaWorld Rescue team traveled to South Carolina last week, where in collaboration with multiple organizations – they assisted in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee.  The rescued animal was transported to the Jacksonville Zoo and is being treated for cold stress. 

Following close coordination with the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff authorized the rescue operation that included SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team. Support for the rescue came from a broad range of agencies and organizations, including:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from Jacksonville, Charleston, Ernest F. Hollings - ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Cape Romain NWR, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Sea to Shore Alliance, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Clearwater (FL) Marine Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Ocean Services - Charleston, and the National Marine Mammal Foundation. WestRock Company (Charleston) provided logistic support for the rescue.

November 11, 2017

Rehabilitated Manatee Returned during Manatee Awareness Month

Randall’s rescue story brings awareness to manatee entrapment

Orlando, Fla. (Thursday, November 9) – Earlier today, Randall the manatee was returned to the wild after spending nearly a year in rehabilitation following his stranding in Camp Branch Creek in the Rodman Reservoir complex in Putnam County.

“Randall’s case is not unique. Every year, manatees become entrapped and require assistance. As in this instance, the public can help by reporting trapped manatees and can help prevent entrapments from occurring in the first place,” said Jim Valade, Manatee Recovery Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

February 28, 2017

Orphaned Manatee Calf Starts Her New Life in the Wild

SeaWorld’s Rescue, Rehabilitation and Return Program Comes Full Circle for Blanche the Manatee


Orlando, Fla. (February 28, 2017) – Almost three years after she was rescued, a female manatee has returned to the Florida’s natural waters. Amidst cheers and bittersweet tears, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team returned Blanche to Port St. John, Florida and watched her swim away, ready to begin her life in the wild.  

On July 21, 2014, Blanche was an orphan calf, estimated to be only two weeks old, when she was found swimming alone in the Indian River. She was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and brought to SeaWorld Orlando. Weighing in at only 48 pounds and measuring 48 inches in length, Blanche required around-the-clock care, including regular bottle feedings. She responded well to the immediate care she received and continued to thrive at SeaWorld’s Manatee Rehabilitation Center. Each day marked another day closer to the ultimate goal of being returned to her natural environment.

January 3, 2017

Venetia the Manatee Begins New Year by Returning to the Wild

Manatee rescued from a storm pipe released today after successful rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 3, 2017) – After a memorable rescue from a storm pipe in Jacksonville, Florida, a female manatee began her new year by returning to the wild.

Her return marked the end of her rescue adventure and the beginning of a new chapter in her story. The manatee, nicknamed Venetia, was released at Blue Spring State Park at 11:30 a.m. this morning.

Venetia was originally rescued on November 30, 2016. It took several hours to free her from the storm pipe. She was then transported to SeaWorld Orlando for full rehabilitation.

SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians began to care for Venetia the moment she arrived.  During that time she received regular physicals and checkups to monitor her health and progress.

SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team transported her to the park and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was onsite. 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 29,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than 50 years. Venetia was the first manatee to be released in 2017.


Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership 
As part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), SeaWorld Orlando is an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees.

The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.  Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.wildtracks.org. The Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress, and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.

All manatee rescue footage is produced by SeaWorld under the FWS Permit Number MA7701911.

December 15, 2016

SeaWorld Team Assists with Rescue of Four Manatees Stranded in South Carolina

Rescued animals were transported and released the same day into Florida’s warmer waters

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 15, 2016) – Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team traveled to Charleston, S.C. this past week, where -- along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources – they helped save several wayward manatees.

The manatees were spotted in the upper reaches of the Cooper River, near a warm water outflow area by the KapStone paper mill.  Due to dropping water temperatures in the river, the manatees remained close to the warm water outflow, isolating them from adequate food sources and the naturally warm waters they need. KapStone played an integral role in monitoring their activity, reporting key data and providing assistance to the rescue team. Historically, manatees move into warmer waters when the water temperature drops below 68 degrees.

The rescue operation took place over two days. Two adult manatees, a male and a female, were successfully rescued on Thursday, December 8 after hours of searching. They were deemed healthy and transported back to Florida where they were returned back to the wild in Brevard County near Port St. John around 9 p.m. by a team from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Brevard Zoo) The female manatee was tagged by Sea to Shore Alliance. The second manatee, a known animal referred to as Goose, was not retagged. 

The team started again the following day, successfully locating and rescuing two male manatees. They were also healthy animals and returned in Florida waters on Friday evening around 6PM, also at Port St. John, by staff from Sea World and FWC’s Melbourne field office.  The larger of the two males was tagged by staff from Sea to Shore Alliance.

A fifth manatee was spotted in the area but attempts to locate that animal were not successful.
To help this animal, and potential other manatees, the public should report any sightings to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at:  843-953-9360 or 1-800-922-5431 or report to the agency’s manatee sighting website:  http://www.dnr.sc.gov/manatee/sight.htm.

SeaWorld’s Rescue Efforts
Over the last five decades, SeaWorld has rescued more than 29,000 wild animals in need including those that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned. SeaWorld’s goal for every rescued animal is to rehabilitate and return them to their natural environment as soon as possible.

Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership
As part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), SeaWorld Orlando is an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees.
The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees. Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.manateerescue.org. The endangered Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.

All manatee rescue footage is produced by SeaWorld under the FWS Permit Number MA7701911.

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