Four stranded manatees rescued in South Carolina by SeaWorld team

ORLANDO, Fla. – Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team traveled to Charleston, S.C. this past week, to help save several wayward manatees.

The manatees were spotted in the upper area of the Cooper River, near warm water outflow. Because of the significant drop in temperate in South Carolina, the manatees remained close to the warm water outflow.

This isolated them from food sources and naturally warm waters they need. Historically, manatees move into warmer waters when the water temperature drops below 68 degrees.

The rescue operation took place over two days.

Two adult manatees, a male and a female, were successfully rescued on Thursday, December 8 after hours of searching. They were deemed healthy and transported back to Florida. Then, they were returned back to the wild in Brevard County near Port St. John.

The team started again the following day, successfully locating and rescuing two male manatees. They were also healthy animals and returned in Florida waters on Friday evening.

A fifth manatee was spotted in the area, but attempts to locate the animal were unfortunately not successful. 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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