Rescued Manatee Arrives at SeaWorld Orlando


December 1, 2016 

Early Wednesday morning, a 950-pound, female manatee was found stuck in a storm drain in Jacksonville. City workers discovered the manatee while doing work in the area. After just a few hours, Jacksonville Fire Rescue and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to cut away pipes and free the manatee.  

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The manatee was then transported by FWC to SeaWorld Orlando for a health evaluation including, blood samples and hydration. 

After the initial evaluation the rescued manatee was moved to a rehabilitation pool and is already showing signs of improvement. Here is a SeaWorld animal care expert with a full update. 


This is not the first time a manatee has been found stuck in a storm drain. In February 2015, the SeaWorld rescue team helped free 19 manatees from a storm drain in Satellite Beach, Florida. You can read about that story here.

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