VIDEO: 4th manatee rescued from Lake Tarpon, released in Safety Harbor

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SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crews rescued another manatee from Lake Tarpon on Friday.

Crews worked with volunteers to pull the 700-pound female from the lake on Friday morning.

The 2-year-old manatee was then transported to the Safety Harbor City Marina and released into Old Tampa Bay.

This was the fourth manatee to be moved from Lake Tarpon to Old Tampa Bay.

The manatees were able to gain access into Lake Tarpon over the summer when Tropical Storm Colin brought flooding to the area. A floodgate was opened to allow Lake Tarpon to drain. The manatees swam through the floodgate and into the lake.

The manatees were not able to leave Lake Tarpon, which concerned the FWC because they would not be able to travel to warmer waters when the temperatures drop.

On Thursday, three manatees were rescued from Lake Tarpon. Watch the video and read more here.

Rescuers are currently searching for more manatees on Lake Tarpon and they are asking the public to report manatee sightings at this lake by calling (727) 224-6720.

Please report distressed, injured or dead manatees to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922.

The 2-year-old manatee was transported to the Safety Harbor City Marina and released into Old Tampa Bay.
The 2-year-old manatee was transported to the Safety Harbor City Marina and released into Old Tampa Bay.

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