SeaWorld Rescue Team Assisted with Four Stranded Manatees
December 15, 2016
Manatees like warm water. In the winter, when water temperatures drop, SeaWorld’s Rescue Team gets called upon to help manatees move to warmer water when they get stranded in an area too cold.
This happened last week when four manatees were found in South Carolina in the upper reaches of the Cooper River. These manatees were isolated in an area that did not have adequate food sources and the naturally warm waters they needed.
With the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the four manatees were successfully rescued and deemed healthy enough to be released in warmer waters. These manatees were transported to Florida near Port St. John over the course of two days and returned back to the wild.
A fifth manatee was spotted in the area, but attempts to locate that animal were not successful. If you happen to spot this animal or any other manatees, please report the 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.