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SeaWorld Team assists with manatee rescue

Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team traveled to Charleston, S.C. this past week, where in collaboration with multiple organizations and volunteers – they helped save 10 wayward manatees. The manatees were spotted in the upper reaches of the Cooper River, near a warm water outflow area. Historically, manatees move south into warmer waters when the water temperature drops below 68 degrees. Due to rapidly dropping water temperatures in the river, the manatees remained close to the warm water outflow, instead of continuing to travel south. In doing so, they were isolated from adequate food sources and naturally warm waters. Following close coordination with some members of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff decided that rescues and relocation of the animals by SeaWorld Orlando’s manatee rescue team were warranted. (Dec. 5, 2017) Video provided by SeaWorld Orlando

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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