Seven manatees rescued so far in 2020

Seven manatees rescued so far in 2020
2020 is starting off rough for many manatees – so far this year our manatee rescue staff have rescued 7 manatees around the state. Injuries include several manatees suffering from excessive buoyancy, possibly resulting from watercraft injuries, along with cold stress. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 2020 is starting off rough for many manatees in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Research Institute. Seven manatees have been rescued around the state in the first 21 days of 2020. Injuries of these manatees include cold stress and excessive buoyancy, possibly due to watercraft injuries.

In 2019, 96 manatees were rescued, according to the FWC. The primary cause of these rescues were watercraft injuries.

To report a distressed, injured or dead animal, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline: 888-404-3922, press 7 for the operator.