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NINETEEN Manatees Rescued From Florida Storm Drain




Rescue in progress. (Image Credit: Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today-AP)


By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

It all began on a “hunch”.  Florida Wildlife agent Ann Spellman suspected the warmer water in a large storm drain located on Satellite Beach might attract manatees as local waters had cooled due to several cold fronts.  Unfortunately, the nineteen manatees she discovered – a gathering of adults and calves – had become stuck in the culvert.  A rescue effort immediately began…

but moving the large mammals presented many challenges.  In the end it took a coalition the of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, local police and firefighters, and the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team to free the gentle giants.  They drilled into the culvert and removed the manatees, some being redirected out of the culvert while others were lifted out using large slings.  Once freed from the drain, the manatees were given time to recover (they are able to survive outside of water for long periods of time) before being released into the Indian River lagoon.  Watch this amazing video of the rescue below (from Associated Press):


Following the rescue a temporary structure was placed in front of the drain to prevent other manatees from becoming trapped.

Read more about the  rescue at the following: Tampa Bay Times, FloridaToday, and The Christian Science Monitor.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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