East Coast Manatee Mortality Event Update
Last week, a large-scale rescue operation was organized by FWC’s marine mammal response team in Port St. John with the goal of rescuing numerous distressed manatees reported and monitored earlier in the week in and around the Cape Canaveral Energy Center site. Many of the reported cases were thin listing adult manatees, which included several that were excessively buoyant. Weather conditions and other factors made these rescues difficult, but the team was able to capture four manatees. Many thanks to the staff and partners for making this rescue effort successful, including FWC biologists and Law Enforcement officers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), SeaWorld, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, Brevard Zoo, Volusia County, and Jacksonville Zoo. Watch a video of the rescue activities, along with additional information, on the website.