This afternoon, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team rescued a manatee injured from a boat strike to its upper back, this afternoon near Cocoa Beach, Fla. The manatee was found by a concerned resident floating unusually on its right side in Brevard County’s Banana River. The resident notified Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about the animal, and they contacted SeaWorld to conduct the rescue.
SeaWorld rescued the nearly eight-foot-long female sub-adult, and was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for further evaluation and care. After suffering boat strike wounds, manatees sometimes float unusually due to a number of reasons. SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team will conduct tests on the manatee to determine the nature of her injuries.
If you see an injured or orphaned marine animal, call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or dial *FWC on a mobile device.
SeaWorld's animal rescue team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. So far in 2012, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 13 manatees. All manatee rescue footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911.