COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two orphan manatees rescued in Florida have been moved to an Ohio zoo for rehabilitation.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the male calves began their rehabilitation...
Catfish present threat to manatees in Florida waters
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Invasive fish are sucking on Florida's manatees.
Wildlife biologists are increasingly concerned about the presence of sailfin suckermouth catfish in Florida's...
Manatee rescued in Fla. as water temperatures drop
Record number of Florida manatees killed by boaters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida boaters killed a record number of manatees in 2018 and the state reported a near-record of manatee deaths overall.
Florida raises estimate for the state’s manatee population
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's been a deadly year for manatees, but Florida wildlife officials believe there are more of the threatened marine mammals than they previously thought.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission now says roughly 7,500 to 10,300 manatees swim in state waters, a significant increase from previous estimates of roughly 6,000.
Mexico says 48 manatee deaths due to heat, algae blooms
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities say a combination of hot weather, drought and toxic algae blooms contributed to the deaths of 48 manatees in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco this summer.
Activists had expressed concern that leaks from oil wells or pesticides could have played a role.
The Environment Department said Friday that heavy metals were found in the manatee autopsies and their habitat, but they were below levels considered dangerous.
Twin manatees returned to Florida Keys waters
Twin manatees returned to Florida Keys waters
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys.
With satellite tracking transmitters strapped to their bodies, the two marine mammals were returned to waters leading to Florida Bay on Thursday.
Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees
MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are reminding boaters to slow down and watch out for manatees as they begin their annual trek toward warmer water.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says the state has more than 6,000 manatees in rivers, bays and coastal waters.
Ohio zoo sends 2 more rehabbed manatees back to Florida
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio has sent two more rescued manatees back to Florida where they hopefully can be released into the wild this year.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says Agua and Goober, a female and male, arrived at SeaWorld Orlando late Monday.
The manatees were in poor condition when they were rescued in Florida waters. They began their rehabilitation back to health in Columbus. SeaWorld will complete the preparations needed to reintroduce them to the wild.
Louisiana to boaters: Watch out for manatees
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area.
In first 8 months of year, manatee death toll surpasses 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This year hasn't been a good one for the Florida manatee.
According to state wildlife statistics, there have been more manatee deaths so far this year than all of last year.
A total of 540 manatees have died through Aug. 12, compared to 538 in 2017. Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and the toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalities.
‘Manatee area’ signs are being spotted by waterways
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Some south Louisiana residents have been spotting "manatee area" signs along coastal Acadiana waterways.
Keri Lejeune with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is installing the signs near reported manatee sightings. The slow-moving mammals have been reported in areas that include Vermillion Parish and as far north as the Amite River near Denham Springs.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Snooty the manatee's birthday will be forever coupled with his tragic death — July 23, 2017, a day after fans of the beloved sea cow celebrated his record-setting 69th birthday.
Many grieved like it was the death of their best friend — with sadness, confusion and anger over the accidental drowning.
Mexico to capture threatened manatees to save them
MEXICO CITY (AP) — After the death of 21 manatees in a river in southern Mexico, authorities have decided to capture and transport the remaining mammals to a safe enclosure.
A total of 27 manatees died in several waterways in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco between May and July. But 21 of those deaths came in the Bitzal river and the Maluco stream. Scientists are still performing tests to determine whether water contamination caused the deaths.
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A sub-adult, nearly 800-pound male manatee nicknamed "Coco" has been released back to the wild, hours after being rescued in the Florida Keys.
Marine mammal rescuers from Dolphin Research Center removed the injured 9-foot-long manatee from a residential canal on Wednesday. The marine mammal's front flippers had been entangled in monofilament fishing line.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A rescued manatee has been returned to the wild in Florida.
News outlets report Vilanzo was released Tuesday by his caretakers from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Ten staffers carried the more than 900-pound (400-kilogram) 10-foot (3-meter) manatee on a stretcher to water at an Intracoastal Waterway boat ramp.
STOCK ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge.
A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identifies the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in the Key West chain.
Orphaned manatees find temporary homes at 2 Ohio zoos
CINCINNATI (AP) — Three orphaned manatees have found temporary homes in Ohio.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed a 1-year-old female calf Tuesday. A male calf named Heavy Falcon and an unnamed female calf also arrived Tuesday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Cincinnati Zoo staff says the calf will be named Daphne They say she is swimming and interacting with three orphaned males at the zoo's Manatee Springs. Visitors will be able to see the group Thursday.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida museum has covered an aquarium hatch that contributed to the death last year of the oldest manatee in captivity.
Snooty died July 23 after the hatch came off the entry to a narrow passageway leading out of his tank at South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium. The 69-year-old manatee became stuck in the passageway and drowned.
2 manatees found dead in Miami River
MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating two manatees found dead in the Miami River.
WSVN reports that the sea cows were discovered within hours of each other Friday near downtown Miami.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says experts are looking into the causes of the deaths and if they're related. Marine biologists are transporting the remains to St. Petersburg for necropsies.
Sick baby manatee rescued near Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A team with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued a sick baby manatee near Port Everglades.
Experts at the Miami Seaquarium on Key Biscayne are treating the manatee.
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Crews rescue a manatee tangled in a life vest in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team has helped a manatee that had a life vest tangled on its back.
WPLG-TV reports the team rescued the juvenile manatee Wednesday afternoon.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel dived in and noticed the manatee needed help. Police initially thought the life vest was a tracking device.
Raw: Manatee Caught In Life Vest Rescued
Manatees Huddle For Warmth in Florida
Watch out for distressed manatees, turtles during cold snap
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they've already rescued nearly 100 turtles so far. When temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. They may appear dead but are often still alive.
Baby manatee stranded during Irma now thriving at SeaWorld
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A baby manatee that was rescued after Hurricane Irma cross Florida is thriving at SeaWorld, where he is being rehabilitated.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the manatee has gained nearly 40 pounds since his rescue and is named Jose, since he was brought to SeaWorld around the time of Hurricane Jose.
Florida Manatee Is Released Back Into Ocean
10 manatees rescued in South Carolina and taken to Florida
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials have moved 10 manatees found near a warm water discharge pipe in a South Carolina coastal river back to their more traditional winter home in Florida.
SeaWorld officials said veterinarians checked each one of the manatees captured last week near the Kapstone Paper and Packaging mill on the Cooper River.
Remains of ancient sea cow unearthed on California island
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists say they've unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow that lived in the shallow waters off Southern California's Channel Islands some 25 million years ago.
The fossil skull and rib cage were discovered this summer on Santa Rosa Island, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.
Scientists say the remains may be from a previously unknown sea cow species but they won't know for sure until the skull is analyzed by an expert.
Florida manatees starting annual migration earlier this year
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — November is a big month for manatees.
It's the time of year when they typically begin their inland migration, and it's also the state's Manatee Awareness Month.
But this November, local manatees seem to be starting their annual migration a little early.
An unseasonable cold front last week caused coastal water temperatures to drop to 70 degrees, which is about the point at which these tropical marine mammals move inland in search of warmer confines.
Manatee makes rare Chesapeake Bay appearance
GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) — Marine science researchers in Virginia recently spotted a manatee that had made a rare Chesapeake Bay appearance.
The Daily Press reports the animal showed up earlier this week at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's boat basin along the York River.
The animals are built for warm waters, and their normal northernmost range is the Georgia coast.
Correction: Manatees On The Move story
In a story Oct. 21 about a manatee program at Ohio zoos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of one of the zoos. The correct name is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, not the Cincinnati Zoo & Biological Garden.
A corrected version of the story is below:
SeaWorld sends manatees to Ohio zoos for rehab stints
Orphaned manatees from SeaWorld Orlando have been sent to two Ohio Zoos to receive care before they're eventually released into the wild.
Manatee sent to Columbus Zoo from Florida for rehabilitation
POWELL, Ohio (AP) — An 18-month-old female manatee has arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from a zoo in Tampa, Florida.
Columbus Zoo officials say Agua arrived Friday from Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo. She had been in Tampa since June 2016 after her mother was struck by a boat. The mother died two months later.
Memorial held for loved, record-setting, 69-year-old manatee
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The South Florida Museum will hold a memorial for Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity who died recently during an aquarium accident.
The memorial will be held Sunday at the museum in Bradenton. The event was originally scheduled for September 10 but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
Group rescues 6 manatees from pond after Irma flooding
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — About 40 people worked to rescue six manatees that became trapped in a Florida pond following Hurricane Irma.
Florida Today reports that the group worked Friday to rescue the sea cows and return them to a nearby creek in Melbourne.
Review: Death of 69-year-old manatee Snooty was preventable
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — An outside review has determined that the drowning death of Snooty, a 69-year-old captive manatee in Florida, could have been prevented, officials said Thursday.
South Florida Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio announced the findings after a review by animal welfare attorney James Gesualdi.
2 young rescued manatees are first patients at Florida zoo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two young, orphaned manatees have arrived at a Florida zoo after being rescued separately two years ago.
The Florida Times-Union reports the only a couple years-old marine mammals were admitted Wednesday at the Manatee Critical Care Center of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as its first patients.
Scientists doubt this device can warn manatees about boats
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For 40 years, the state has protected manatees by setting up slow speed zones for boaters.
The logic behind it was the same as speed zones around schools: Make people slow down and they're less likely to hit something.
But in the 1990s, a scientist named Edmund Gerstein announced a startling discovery: Slowing boats down was actually bad for manatees. He said his research on manatees at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo showed they couldn't hear slow boats, only fast ones.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida museum where a 69-year-old manatee got trapped in a maintenance tube and drowned is strongly considering a third-party death review.
The South Florida Museum told the Herald-Tribune on Wednesday that they are reaching out to the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership to find the appropriate people to evaluate the circumstances that led to the death of the beloved manatee.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida museum where a 69-year-old manatee got trapped in a maintenance tube and drowned has reopened to the public.
A Bradenton Herald report says a small crowd brought cards and sweet potatoes to the South Florida Museum on Tuesday for a memorial to the manatee.
MIAMI (AP) — Snooty, the longest living manatee in captivity, died Sunday, a day after a huge party to celebrate his 69th birthday, according to the South Florida Museum.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — After months spent in rehabilitation, a manatee and her calf have returned to the wild.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that mother Pascow and calf Cotee swam back out to their natural habitat in the Pithlachascotee River on Thursday.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — With the help of satellites, a group of tagged manatees is helping to reveal how the giant mammals traverse the waters along Georgia's coast.
Workers from wildlife agencies and organizations in Georgia and Florida netted eight manatees in Cumberland Sound in late May and early June, The Savannah Morning News reported .
Keep an eye out for Duane Allman the manatee in South Carolina for the summer
Duane is in town and he's wired for sound.
A manatee named for blues musician Duane Allman is cruising the water around Charleston with a satellite transmitter attached, one of about a half-dozen manatees who have been sighted so far after moving up from Florida.
The white buoy trailing on the surface behind Duane holds a tracking antenna. It's designed to break free if snagged, so don't pull on it. That violates federal law.
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Rehabilitated manatee returned to Florida Keys waters
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Months after a boat strike nearly severed its tail paddle, a rehabilitated manatee nicknamed "Key3PO" has been returned to waters in the Florida Keys.
The release Monday came about eight months after rescuers from Dolphin Research Center and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the 900-pound male marine mammal with crushed vertebrae and deep wounds to its tail paddle. The extremity is the animal's primary means of propulsion.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a manatee calf injured by a boat's propeller has been removed from waters so it can be treated in Miami.
News outlets report Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers corralled the 7-foot (2.13-meter) manatee in the shallows of Florida Bay on Thursday.
Mary Stella, director of media and marketing for the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key says the propeller cuts were visible on the manatee's body and tail paddle.