Wednesday 21 February 2018

In Video: Crew rescues manatee tangled in life jacket

Police initially thought the life jacket was a tracking device.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team helped the juvenile manatee (PA)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team helped the juvenile manatee (PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

A manatee that had a life jacket tangled on its back has been rescued by a conservation team in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) team helped the juvenile manatee, WPLG-TV said.

Fort Lauderdale fire and rescue personnel dived in and noticed the manatee needed help.

Police initially thought the life jacket was a tracking device.

With the help of a net, boat and some muscle, the FWC’s manatee rescue team pulled the manatee to solid ground.

FWC marine biologist Amber Howell said it probably separated from his mother this winter.

She said they wanted to make sure it was big and healthy enough to be on its own.

Biologists cleaned up the manatee, removed the life jacket, placed a tiny tracker on the manatee and released it.

Press Association

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