By ALEXANDRA RODRIGUEZ, WPEC
ORLANDO, Fla. (CIRCA via WPEC) — Seven manatees are getting a second chance at life after months of rehabilitation.
With the help of SeaWorld Orlando, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, South Florida Museum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked together to monitor the health and survival of the rescued manatees. They are all part of the Manatee Rescue And Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP).
All seven manatees were tagged before release to monitor their movements and contribute to ongoing research and conservation of the species.
Three of the manatees were males and the other four are females. Most of the manatees either suffered from cold stress or were orphaned. The names of the manatees are: Bambam, Goober, Agua, Camlee, Percy, MJ and Baca.
According to SeaWorld, the Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress, and disease are natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.
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