CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Hermine left animals throughout the Tampa Bay area trapped.
Right now, four manatees are stranded in a pond at the Plantation Golf Course in Crystal River, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission count. A culvert is blocking the group from getting to Kings Bay.
The pond is 200 yards long and 50 yards wide. There is plenty of fresh water, according to Discover Crystal River Florida officials. In addition, Hydrilla, an invasive but nutritious aquatic species, is providing food for the animals.
Officials say the manatees are considered safe. They will be moved in the coming days.
FWC crews are going to assess the site at 9 a.m. Thursday and determine a time to move the manatees. On Wednesday they moved a mother manatee and her calf. Those two manatees were stranded in Citrus County, as well.
Last week Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff members and volunteers rescued a mother manatee and her calf. See photos from that rescue here.