Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Manatee Rescue

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists are responsible for coordinating rescues of sick and injured manatees.

Report a Sick, Injured, Dead, or Tagged Manatee

There are several steps you can take if you see a sick, injured, dead, or tagged manatee.

Manatee Rescue Statistics

FWC biologists work with various agencies to rescue injured manatees.


View images from manatee rescues.

Tropical Storm Debby Creates Surge in Florida Manatee Strandings

Biologists respond to manatees trapped after heavy rainfall and flooding associated with June 2012 tropical storm.

FWC Facts:
The average Florida manatee is about 10 ft. long and close to 1,200 lbs. They can reach up to 13 ft. and 3,500 lbs. Calves are 3-4 ft. long & weigh 60-70 lbs. at birth.

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