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Rescue and Mortality Response

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Report a Sick, Injured, Dead, or Tagged Manatee

Call FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number: 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922), press "7" to speak with an operator.

Cellular phone customers: *FWC or #FWC

FWC is investigating a high level of manatee mortalities and responding to manatee rescues along the central and south Atlantic coast of Florida.

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Manatee Rescue and Mortality Statistics

Explore rescue and mortality statistics for Florida manatees. 

Manatee Rescue

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are responsible for coordinating rescues of sick and injured manatees. Learn about why and how manatees are rescued. 

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Manatee Carcass Salvage and Necropsy

FWC scientists collect manatee carcasses from the waters of the state of Florida and perform necropsies (non-human autopsies) to determine cause of death. Learn more about the carcass salvage and necropsy process.

Marine Mammal Field Stations

Researchers at five field stations located throughout Florida respond to reports of sick, injured, and dead manatees. They work with FWC Law Enforcement, trained volunteers, and other agencies to verify these reports; these groups also aid in rescue and carcass salvage. Learn more about the five field stations. 

Manatee Rescue

New manatee-watercraft interaction publication

FWRI researchers examined 10 years of Florida manatee necropsy reports to characterize and quantify watercraft-related scarring. The researchers found that one out of every four adult carcasses analyzed in their study bore evidence of 10 or more watercraft strikes.

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