A few days ago SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team and several other stranding agencies returned three manatees, a sub-adult female and two sub-adult males, to the waters of Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Fla., after receiving care and rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando for the last few months.
All three manatees were rescued from the St. Johns River in Jacksonville due to cold stress. “Sissy” was rescued on December 18, 2013, and “Bycatch” was rescued a week later on December 26, 2013, by the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team. A few weeks later, on January 5, 2014, “Wallace” was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Following their rescue, Sissy, Wallace, and Bycatch were transported to SeaWorld Orlando for medical care and rehabilitation. Over the past few months, they received treatment, including antibiotics, fluids and other supportive care. After being medically cleared for today’s return, the three manatees were transported by SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team to Blue Spring State Park, a designated manatee sanctuary.
As of this 2/10/14, Sissy weighed 460 pounds and was 7 feet long, Wallace weighed 660 pounds and was nearly 8 feet long, and Bycatch weighed 775 pounds and measured just over 8 feet long.
So far in 2014, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued three and returned four manatees back to their natural environment. For more information on SeaWorld and their Animal Rescue and Rehab programs, visit www.SeaWorld.com/Orlando