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Stranded Manatees from Hurricane Ian

While responding to stranded and in-need residents is obviously the first concern in the immediate aftermath of a major hurricane, like Ian, FWC wildlife biologist quickly became aware of stranded manatees in need of assistance.

Inundation from storm surge can strand manatees in ponds and other areas as surge water drains from coastal areas. FWC wildlife biologists received a report of a manatee entrapped in a retention pond system in Lee County, Fort Myers near Billy Creek after the storm had passed. The manatee was rescued in good condition by FWC’s marine mammal rescue team and was then transported a few miles away to the Orange River where it was released.

See an animal in need? You can help by reporting any sick, injured, orphaned, or entrapped manatees to FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. All activities conducted under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit #MA770191

See more photos from the rescue on Flickr.

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