Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SeaWorld, FWC and others help release four rehabilitated manatees into the wild

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 4:59 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF SEAWORLD
  • courtesy of SeaWorld
This week four rehabilitated manatees returned to their natural habitat thanks to a joint effort from SeaWorld, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, South Florida Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Sea to Shore Alliance.

The four manatees – Bambam, Gale, Cassie and Buckeye – were all brought in at different times, and stayed in captivity for between six months and two years, with the goal to get the animals back into the wild as quickly as possible.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF SEAWORLD
  • courtesy of SeaWorld
For these four manatees, the main issue was that they were too small to survive during the colder seasons. Both Cassie and Buckeye were roughly 65-pound orphaned calves when they were rescued. In order to be released they needed to be at least a healthy 600 pounds to be able to survive in cool conditions.

Prior to being released, all four of the manatees were measured and three of the four have been fitted with GPS devices that will allow SeaWorld to continue tracking the manatees and check in on their condition.

If you're interested in tracking the manatees as well, you can do it here: 
click to enlarge COURTESY OF SEAWORLD
  • courtesy of SeaWorld

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation