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Crews rescue manatee trapped in enclosed lagoon on Hilton Head Island

Rescuers tend to the manatee on Hilton Head Island last week
Rescuers tend to the manatee on Hilton Head Island last week(Sea World)
Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 11:43 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A team of rescuers, including some from Sea World and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, worked together last Friday to help save a manatee.

The groups responded to a call at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island where a female manatee was trapped inside an enclosed lagoon.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extremely appreciative of the efforts of Sea World, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, and the other conservation partners from South Carolina to Florida who stepped up quickly to help this young female manatee in need," US Fish and Wildlife Service Florida Manatee Recovery Lead Teresa Calleson said. "As a result of their efforts, this manatee will get a second chance to contribute to the wild population following rehabilitation.”

Teams in the water used netting to help get the manatee ashore
Teams in the water used netting to help get the manatee ashore(Sea World)

Sea World officials said the sea cow weighed in at 856 pounds and measured 261 centimeters long. The manatee also had some minor skin abrasions.

“In Palmetto Dunes, we strive to maintain the health of our waterways and all wildlife that inhabit it," Andrew Schumacher, CEO of Palmetto Dunes POA said. “When we found the manatee had navigated into our lagoon system and was not able to find its way back to the ocean, we immediately contacted DNR for assistance. We were fortunate that the rescue teams were able to quickly respond and rescue the manatee.”

The sea cow is slightly underweight, so she was relocated to SeaWorld Orlando where she will rehab before she is returned to the wild.

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