FWC biologists work with various agencies to rescue injured manatees.

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Staff at the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab (MMPL) and field laboratories are responsible for responding to calls regarding injured manatees. A network of personnel from various agencies and organizations work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists to rescue and transport manatees to rehabilitation facilities. The rescue program is increasing biologists' capacity to successfully identify and capture injured and sick manatees by using telemetry equipment, acquiring additional rescue vessels, and implementing a larger network of first responders and verifiers.

What to Do When You See a Sick or Injured Manatee

2013 Preliminary Rescue Table

2012 Preliminary Rescue Table

2011 Rescue Table

2010 Rescue Table

2009 Rescue Table

2008 Rescue Table



FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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