A few months ago, SeaWorld Orlando rescued seven manatees, along with other facilities. The seven manatees went through months of rehabilitation, love, and care. Thanks to the hard work of SeaWorld Orlando, the manatees have now been returned to their natural habitat.
SeaWorld Orlando rescued the manatees along with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, South Florida Museum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Florida manatees are victims to both natural and man-made threats.
Florida manatees are located in the southeastern United States; they live in freshwater systems and rarely venture into nearshore ocean waters. During the winter, they are confined to the southern two-thirds of the Florida Peninsula in winter. When the water tempatures rise in spring and summer, Florida manatees travel to neighboring states.
Florida manatees face a number of threats. The leading human-caused threat to Florida manatees is watercraft collisions. The largest long-term threat to Florida manatees is the loss of their warm-water habitat that they need to survive. Other threats to Florida manatees include red tide and harassment from humans that disturb their breeding, feeding, and other behaviors.
The group of seven manatees suffered from various injuries that required rehabilitation, such as watercraft injuries and malnutrition. The seven manatees are named Bambam, Goober, Agua, Camlee, Percy, MJ, and Baca. Baca, MJ, Camlee, and Goober all suffered from malnutrition. Bambam and Percy suffered from cold stress and Agua had watercraft injuries.
The seven manatees have been released back into the wild. The goal for each marine rescue is to rehabilitate and return the animal to their natural habitat as quickly as possible. SeaWorld Orlando is one of the only acute care rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. that provides such care to marine animals.
If you see an injured marine animal, call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.
SeaWorld Rescue is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.