Record 12 manatees released into their natural habitat in a single day, animal rescue service says

The Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership successfully returned a record number of manatees to their natural habitat in a single day.

Twelve “manatees,” as they’re often called, were released Tuesday at Florida’s Blue Spring State Park, a vital warm-water habitat for manatees and one of the largest winter gregarious sites for the species in Florida, after their successful rehabilitation. according to a press release.

Many of the manatees were rescued as orphaned calves during an ongoing unusual death that has left thousands of animals malnourished and starved to death, according to MRP.

“In recent years we have been called upon to rescue an alarming number of injured, sick and starving manatees off the Florida coast,” said Monica Ross, chair of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership and director of Manatee Research and Conservation for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research institutes. “Through the efforts of the MRP partners, I am thrilled that we were able to return the largest number of manatees to their natural habitat in a single day.”

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Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership returns a record 12 manatees to their natural habitat in a single day.

Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership returns a record 12 manatees to their natural habitat in a single day. (Seaworld Parks and Entertainment)

The manatees are:

  • Ascha: An orphan calf rescued in early 2021, completing its rehabilitation at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
  • Scampi: A baby calf rescued in 2019 and completing its rehabilitation at Miami Seaquarium, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT (Walt Disney World Resort).
  • ferret: An orphan calf rescued and rehabilitated by the Miami Seaquarium in early 2021.
  • Finch: An orphan calf rescued in early 2021, completing its rehabilitation at the Miami Seaquarium.
  • Artemis: A very small 51lb orphan calf rescued in the summer of 2020. She completed her rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Bianca: A calf from an injured mother rescued in Spring 2021. She was rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Inigo: A nine-foot adult male rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in 2021 for UME-related reasons. He completed his rehabilitation at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. After suffering a boat strike shortly after his release in August 2022, he was rescued a second time and completed his rehabilitation at both the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Lilpeep: An orphaned calf rescued in Spring 2021 and transported to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation and then to Aquarium Encounters for further rehabilitation. He was returned to SeaWorld Orlando in preparation for release.
  • Maximoff: An orphaned calf rescued and rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando in early 2021.
  • Alby: A tiny 51lb orphan rescued in 2019. He was rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando before being transported to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for longer-term rehabilitation. He was returned to SeaWorld Orlando in preparation for release.
  • Manhattan: An orphan rescued in the fall of 2019 and initially rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando before being transported to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for full rehabilitation. He was returned to SeaWorld Orlando in preparation for release.
  • floating shadow: An orphan rescued in late 2020. He was taken to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation before being transported to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for further rehabilitation. He was then returned to SeaWorld Orlando in preparation for release.

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All animals will wear GPS tracking devices so researchers can monitor the movement of the manatees and ensure their acclimatization to their natural habitat for the next year.

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