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Manatee Carcass Salvage and Necropsy

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

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The purpose of the manatee carcass salvage and necropsy program is to determine causes of death and obtain information on manatee health, physiology, and life history parameters. The program is a source of information used to determine and mitigate human-related causes of manatee death, and provides insight into continuing or emerging health threats.

Manatee Carcass in Trailer

Carcass Salvage

Manatee carcasses are collected from around the state of Florida. Learn more about the carcass salvage process and the equipment used.


Manatee carcasses are necropsied to gather valuable information on health threats and life history. Learn more about the necropsy process.

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