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Entangled manatee rescued and returned to wild

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute rescued a female manatee at the Safety Harbor Pier in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday.

Biologists captured the animal to remove a rope wrapped around the manatee's right flipper. A crab trap was still hanging from the end of the rope. If left untreated, the entanglement could have led to the loss of the flipper and other complications.

FWC manatee biologists removed the entangled rope from the flipper and treated the wound. Upon examining the manatee, biologists determined it was healthy enough to return to the wild immediately.

Biologists learned of the troubled manatee earlier in the day through a tip to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline. Information provided by a concerned resident led biologists to the animal. Once they located it, biologists tracked the manatee's movements until the full rescue team arrived at the scene.

To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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