Manatee Sightings: The Rescue and Release of Streak

Jocie the manatee and her calf

In spite of their size, manatees have relatively little body fat and cannot tolerate water temperatures below 68° F for long periods of time. The photo above is Streak the manatee showing signs of cold stress before he was rescued on December 19, 2014. A cold-stressed manatee is usually malnourished and emaciated, and their body will have white patches where the skin has sloughed off. Manatees can die from exposure to prolonged cold weather.

 
Jocie the manatee and her calf.

Streak was rescued and taken to SeaWorld Orlando on December 28, 2014 to be treated. Here he is looking much healthier at his release at Blue Spring State Park on March 25, 2015.

 
Jocie the manatee and her calf.

Streak is released into the spring run at Blue Spring.

 
Jocie the manatee and her calf

He swims away. Good luck Streak!! Many thanks to the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership members, SeaWorld Orlando, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Save the Manatee Club, and Florida Park Service staff and volunteers who cared for Streak and participated in his rescue and release.

 



 

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