CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (WFLA) – Crews are working to rescue up to six manatees who’ve been trapped in a Citrus County pond for more than a week.
High waters from Hurricane Hermine allowed the manatees to enter the pond, which is 200 yards long and 50 yards wide. A culvert or blocking the manatees from getting to King’s Bay.
The pond is located in the Plantation on Crystal River Golf Course. Officials say the manatees have been eating hydrilla in the pond, which is a nutritious aquatic species.
On Thursday morning, FWC officers began the rescue effort. As of 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, four manatees had been found in the pond. Three of them had been rescued. The manatees they’ve found are two mothers and their calves. The first mother manatee that was rescued from the pond weighs more than 1,400 lbs.
The rescue effort is expected to continue through the day.
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