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Young manatee saved in the Fakahatchee

FOF June 4, 2015 News and Events


Staff from Fakahatchee Strand and FWC joined forces to help rescue a young manatee that had somehow swam past the weir and couldn’t find his way out. One of the rescuers said that he might be just recently weaned.

It took over 5 hours to locate the young male manatee and net him without injuring him in the process. In this short video we see Renee, Steve & Steven in the canal neck deep to help capture him.  And yes, there are alligators in the canal as well. Way to go team! Thanks, Jay Staton for sharing with us!