Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Partners in Manatee Health Research

Read about manatee research programs involving the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and other marine organizations and research facilities.



Florida Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Reimbursement Program

The Florida Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Reimbursement Program provides funds for permitted facilities that rescue, rehabilitate and release and monitor Florida manatees.


FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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