Manatee Free From Fishing Line Entanglement

 Posted: 3:05 pm EDT April 30, 2009

A manatee whose flipper was discovered entangled in fishing line more than two years ago, has finally been rescued. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made several unsuccessful attempts to rescue the adult female manatee over the years, but she consistently evaded them.

 They finally caught her Wednesday in Key Largo’s Tarpon Basin.

 Biologists had been concerned the line could cut off the manatee’s circulation, lead to it’s flipper’s amputation and possibly death.

 The manatee is now at the Miami Seaquarium where the fishing line will be removed. It will be released when cleared by veterinarians.


Click the photo for tips about helping the manatees.


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