Thursday, September 15, 2016
Six manatees displaced by Hurricane Hermine to be relocated
By Aileen Perilla
on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 2:12 PM
Tampa Bay Times
reported about 100 volunteers, led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, so far have helped in netting four manatees at the Plantation golf course: a mother-and-calf pair, and another calf and lactating female that could possibly be another mother-calf duo.
Officials told the TBT the pond holding the manatees contained a large amount of an invasive plant species called hydrilla, which manatees just love to chomp on.
Three or four manatees are still stranded in the lake, said Andy Garrett, a manatee rescue coordinator with the FWC.
Officials say the manatees are to be released into Kings Bay.
Six manatees left stranded in a Crystal River golf course lake after high waters receded from Hurricane Hermine are being freed by volunteers Thursday morning.