February 13, 2009
North Palm Beach, FL - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
rescued an approximately 500-pound, 6-foot-long, juvenile male
manatee this morning from a pond in a private golf club in North
Palm Beach. Staff from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center assisted
in the rescue.
by Gabriella Ferraro
The manatee was able to access the pond by
traveling through a culvert system. It had been in the pond for at
least one day before it was rescued. The manatee showed signs of
cold-stress and appeared thin.
Because of these health concerns, biologists and
veterinarians determined the manatee should not be released, but
instead, should be transported to Miami Seaquarium, which houses a
manatee rehabilitation facility. Miami Seaquarium has successfully
rehabilitated dozens of injured and ill manatees over the years.
"Out of caution, we felt we should take the
manatee in for a check-up," said FWRI biologist Tom Reinert. "With
rehabilitation and monitoring, we’re giving this manatee the best
chance for survival."
The goal is to return the manatee to the wild
soon. For more information on manatee research, visit