A mother manatee and her young calf were rescued in Clearwater last week by teams from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The incident was reported to the FWC on Aug. 26 by witnesses who saw a distressed manatee swimming in Allen Creek, according to a Clearwater Marine Aquarium media release.
According to the release:
A team of more than a dozen rescuers found that both of the adult’s flippers were entangled in rope from a crab trap and the left flipper was deeply embedded. Staff also rescued the dependent young calf, who did not have any visible injuries but seemed underweight and is dependent on her mother.
Both manatees were transported to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo where they are currently receiving treatment. Once recovered, both manatees will be released back into the wild.