CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Crews rescued a stranded mother manatee and her calf. The two manatees were trapped in a marsh that had become waterlogged because of Hurricane Hermine.
Officers and biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey responded after calls from concerned people. The crews received help from volunteers.
The 1,500-pound mother manatee and 500-pound calf were taken out of the marsh and transported to Crystal River waters. Biologists made sure the sea cows were healthy before releasing them.
“Don’t you just love a happy ending?” FWC officials asked.
Hurricane Hermine left manatees trapped throughout the Tampa Bay area. In fact, four manatees are still stuck in a golf course pond. If you find a sick, stranded or deceased manatee, call the FWC hotline at 888-404-3922.
Officer Ryan Crane took these FWC photos.