Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

manatee and researchers in truck

Manatee Rescue on August 24, 2009

Manatee rescuers (L-R) Nadia Gordon, Martine deWit and Erin Chancey keep an injured manatee's skin moist while they transport the animal from the mouth of the St. Marks River, south of Tallahassee, to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for rehabilitation and eventual return to the wild.


Image Credit: FWC



FWC Facts:
Manatees can travel up to 50 miles in a day. They generally swim slowly but have been clocked at speeds of up to 15 mph for short bursts.

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