PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of acres of seagrass that is critical to the health of the Indian River Lagoon have disappeared, according to a report in the Daytona Beach...
“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward to catch whoever etched “Trump” into a Florida manatee's back.
A video showing the gentle sea cow emerged with the...
HOMOSASSA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — State and federal wildlife officials are investigating reports of a manatee found with “Trump” drawn on its back in a Florida river.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida has seen slightly more than the average number of manatee deaths this year, but scientists don't know the cause of some because necropsies were suspended during the...
MIAMI (AP) — A manatee and her calf have been released in South Florida waters after being rescued earlier this year.
The Miami Seaquarium rescue team released the aquatic mammals on...
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...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An injured pregnant manatee was rescued by crews from a Tampa Bay area marine laboratory and taken to SeaWorld in Orlando for treatment, officials said in a news...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A female manatee named Marlin and its calf were rescued after wildlife specialists found them injured in Florida waters.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before.
Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018....
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials on Tuesday were trying to determine what caused the death of a manatee in southern New Jersey.
The 11-foot (3-meter) male was found along the Delaware...
MIAMI (AP) — Florida boaters broke a record this year, killing more manatees in 2019 than in past years, according to wildlife officials.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials used a bulldozer to help rescue a manatee that got stuck in sand near Savannah.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the large...
OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) — A manatee named Bingley has been released back into Florida waters after treatment of an injury.
The manatee was found injured in May by the Florida Wildlife Commission...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials believe a manatee and her baby have been freed from being trapped behind an underwater retention fence where they found refuge last week from...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A mother and baby manatee have been trapped behind an underwater wall in a Florida river for the past week after seeking shelter there from Hurricane Dorian.
MIAMI (AP) — The number of manatee deaths caused by watercraft could hit an all-time high in Florida this year.
From the beginning of this year through June 21, 81 manatees have been killed...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two orphan manatees rescued in Florida have been moved to an Ohio zoo for rehabilitation.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the male calves began their rehabilitation...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Invasive fish are sucking on Florida's manatees.
Wildlife biologists are increasingly concerned about the presence of sailfin suckermouth catfish in Florida's...
Manatee rescued in Fla. as water temperatures drop
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida boaters killed a record number of manatees in 2018 and the state reported a near-record of manatee deaths overall.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's been a deadly year for manatees, but Florida wildlife officials believe there are more of the threatened marine mammals than they previously thought.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission now says roughly 7,500 to 10,300 manatees swim in state waters, a significant increase from previous estimates of roughly 6,000.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities say a combination of hot weather, drought and toxic algae blooms contributed to the deaths of 48 manatees in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco this summer.
Activists had expressed concern that leaks from oil wells or pesticides could have played a role.
The Environment Department said Friday that heavy metals were found in the manatee autopsies and their habitat, but they were below levels considered dangerous.
Twin manatees returned to Florida Keys waters
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys.
With satellite tracking transmitters strapped to their bodies, the two marine mammals were returned to waters leading to Florida Bay on Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are reminding boaters to slow down and watch out for manatees as they begin their annual trek toward warmer water.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says the state has more than 6,000 manatees in rivers, bays and coastal waters.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio has sent two more rescued manatees back to Florida where they hopefully can be released into the wild this year.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says Agua and Goober, a female and male, arrived at SeaWorld Orlando late Monday.
The manatees were in poor condition when they were rescued in Florida waters. They began their rehabilitation back to health in Columbus. SeaWorld will complete the preparations needed to reintroduce them to the wild.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This year hasn't been a good one for the Florida manatee.
According to state wildlife statistics, there have been more manatee deaths so far this year than all of last year.
A total of 540 manatees have died through Aug. 12, compared to 538 in 2017. Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and the toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalities.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Some south Louisiana residents have been spotting "manatee area" signs along coastal Acadiana waterways.
Keri Lejeune with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is installing the signs near reported manatee sightings. The slow-moving mammals have been reported in areas that include Vermillion Parish and as far north as the Amite River near Denham Springs.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Snooty the manatee's birthday will be forever coupled with his tragic death — July 23, 2017, a day after fans of the beloved sea cow celebrated his record-setting 69th birthday.
Many grieved like it was the death of their best friend — with sadness, confusion and anger over the accidental drowning.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — After the death of 21 manatees in a river in southern Mexico, authorities have decided to capture and transport the remaining mammals to a safe enclosure.
A total of 27 manatees died in several waterways in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco between May and July. But 21 of those deaths came in the Bitzal river and the Maluco stream. Scientists are still performing tests to determine whether water contamination caused the deaths.
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A sub-adult, nearly 800-pound male manatee nicknamed "Coco" has been released back to the wild, hours after being rescued in the Florida Keys.
Marine mammal rescuers from Dolphin Research Center removed the injured 9-foot-long manatee from a residential canal on Wednesday. The marine mammal's front flippers had been entangled in monofilament fishing line.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A rescued manatee has been returned to the wild in Florida.
News outlets report Vilanzo was released Tuesday by his caretakers from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Ten staffers carried the more than 900-pound (400-kilogram) 10-foot (3-meter) manatee on a stretcher to water at an Intracoastal Waterway boat ramp.
STOCK ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge.
A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identifies the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in the Key West chain.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Three orphaned manatees have found temporary homes in Ohio.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed a 1-year-old female calf Tuesday. A male calf named Heavy Falcon and an unnamed female calf also arrived Tuesday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Cincinnati Zoo staff says the calf will be named Daphne They say she is swimming and interacting with three orphaned males at the zoo's Manatee Springs. Visitors will be able to see the group Thursday.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida museum has covered an aquarium hatch that contributed to the death last year of the oldest manatee in captivity.
Snooty died July 23 after the hatch came off the entry to a narrow passageway leading out of his tank at South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium. The 69-year-old manatee became stuck in the passageway and drowned.
MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating two manatees found dead in the Miami River.
WSVN reports that the sea cows were discovered within hours of each other Friday near downtown Miami.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says experts are looking into the causes of the deaths and if they're related. Marine biologists are transporting the remains to St. Petersburg for necropsies.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A team with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued a sick baby manatee near Port Everglades.
Experts at the Miami Seaquarium on Key Biscayne are treating the manatee.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission team has helped a manatee that had a life vest tangled on its back.
WPLG-TV reports the team rescued the juvenile manatee Wednesday afternoon.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel dived in and noticed the manatee needed help. Police initially thought the life vest was a tracking device.
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Manatees Huddle For Warmth in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they've already rescued nearly 100 turtles so far. When temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. They may appear dead but are often still alive.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A baby manatee that was rescued after Hurricane Irma cross Florida is thriving at SeaWorld, where he is being rehabilitated.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the manatee has gained nearly 40 pounds since his rescue and is named Jose, since he was brought to SeaWorld around the time of Hurricane Jose.
Florida Manatee Is Released Back Into Ocean
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials have moved 10 manatees found near a warm water discharge pipe in a South Carolina coastal river back to their more traditional winter home in Florida.
SeaWorld officials said veterinarians checked each one of the manatees captured last week near the Kapstone Paper and Packaging mill on the Cooper River.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists say they've unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow that lived in the shallow waters off Southern California's Channel Islands some 25 million years ago.
The fossil skull and rib cage were discovered this summer on Santa Rosa Island, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.
Scientists say the remains may be from a previously unknown sea cow species but they won't know for sure until the skull is analyzed by an expert.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — November is a big month for manatees.
It's the time of year when they typically begin their inland migration, and it's also the state's Manatee Awareness Month.
But this November, local manatees seem to be starting their annual migration a little early.
An unseasonable cold front last week caused coastal water temperatures to drop to 70 degrees, which is about the point at which these tropical marine mammals move inland in search of warmer confines.
GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) — Marine science researchers in Virginia recently spotted a manatee that had made a rare Chesapeake Bay appearance.
The Daily Press reports the animal showed up earlier this week at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's boat basin along the York River.
The animals are built for warm waters, and their normal northernmost range is the Georgia coast.
In a story Oct. 21 about a manatee program at Ohio zoos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of one of the zoos. The correct name is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, not the Cincinnati Zoo & Biological Garden.
A corrected version of the story is below:
SeaWorld sends manatees to Ohio zoos for rehab stints
Orphaned manatees from SeaWorld Orlando have been sent to two Ohio Zoos to receive care before they're eventually released into the wild.