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Rehabilitated manatees returned to Florida Keys waters

May 21, 2020 GMT
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, marine mammal rescue staffers release "Spookey," one of two manatees that were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium, back to Florida Keys waters Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Islamorada, Fla. "Spookey," left, was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. "Scott," right, was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line in February 2020. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, marine mammal rescue staffers release "Spookey," one of two manatees that were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium, back to Florida Keys waters Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Islamorada, Fla. "Spookey," left, was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. "Scott," right, was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line in February 2020. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, marine mammal rescue staffers release "Spookey," one of two manatees that were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium, back to Florida Keys waters Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Islamorada, Fla. "Spookey," left, was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. "Scott," right, was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line in February 2020. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, marine mammal rescue staffers release "Spookey," one of two manatees that were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium, back to Florida Keys waters Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Islamorada, Fla. "Spookey," left, was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. "Scott," right, was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line in February 2020. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, marine mammal rescue staffers release "Spookey," one of two manatees that were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium, back to Florida Keys waters Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Islamorada, Fla. "Spookey," left, was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. "Scott," right, was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line in February 2020. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at the Miami Seaquarium. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated manatees were returned to Florida Keys waters Wednesday.

Staff from Dolphin Research Center’s Manatee Rescue Team, and volunteers with Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder and Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, assisted with the rescues and assisted with the releases.

“Spookey” was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. In February 2020, “Scott” was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at Miami Seaquarium.

Although the Florida Keys remain closed to visitors until June 1, the destination’s many nature and wildlife rehabilitation centers have continued caring for rescued wildlife and helping animals in need during the coronavirus crisis.