Manatee with watercraft wounds rescued from Riviera Bay

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a call Tuesday about an injured manatee in Riviera Bay.

A boater “observed a manatee struggling at the surface with fresh watercraft wounds across its back,” FWC officials said.

A biologist from the FWC’s Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab found the male manatee, and a team rescued it.

The manatee is 8′ and weighs 715 pounds. The manatee was taken to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for rehabilitation.

Officials plan to release him back into the wild when he’s healthy enough.

Call 888-404-3922 to report sick or dead manatees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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