Rescue & Rehab
The 10-foot male was successfully relocated but not before biologists photographed and tagged the creature.
From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts.
Cold weather and water send Tampa Bay's gentle giants in search of warmth. Sometimes, that's where the Hillsborough River flows out, but that's not where manatees want to be when the flotilla arrives Saturday morning.
As the bitter cold numbs much of the country, rescuers rush to save both manatees and sea turtles, but thanks to SeaWorld, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other organizations, some of the marine life are getting a second chance at life.
In a decade, about 115 manatees have been rescued after being trapped in areas such as culverts, in ditches or water control structures and other areas, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The manatee – named Washburn for the island where she was rescued – returned to the Sunshine State after a 1,300-mile flight aboard a Coast Guard transport plane.
Recently the RV staff was involved in the biggest manatee rescue in the history of Citrus County. This video honors their actions and tells the story of our manatee!
The manatees had been stranded in a pond at The Plantation on Crystal since Hurricane Hermine; a storm surge washed the manatees over a bridge that separates a canal off Kings Bay to a pond on the golf course.
Guests can now go behind the scenes and experience SeaWorld’s Manatee Rescue Facility in actual operation! The guests will learn more about how vulnerable we manatees really are in the wild. Visitors to the facility can see digital medical charts, interactive displays, underwater cameras for viewing, and rescue videos right from SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team.