Update: Stranded manatee rescued from North Bay

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - A stranded manatee that was spotted near the Deer Point Dam earlier this week is now recovering at a Tampa zoo.
 
Gulf World Marine Institute along with several state and animal rescue agencies rescued the animal from North Bay late Friday afternoon.
 
Officials said the manatee was demonstrating abnormal behavior and remained in shallow water from around noon Thursday until they rescued it Friday. After observing the animal, they said it had signs of cold stress, which happens when manatees are exposed to water temperatures below 68 degrees.
 
The manatee was transported to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for rehabilitation. 

 

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It's not something you see everyday, especially this time of year... a manatee was spotted in North Bay near Deer Point Lake, near the dam Thursday.

Witnesses say that it has been there since noon. The director of Gulf World Marine Institute arrived on the scene to assess the situation and make sure the manatee was alright. Gulf World is working with the Florida Wildlife Research Institute to figure out what their next step will be.

Gulf World officials said they aren't sure why the animal is in our area but the fact that it's in shallow waters could be a sign that it's sick. 

If you see a stranded, beached, or distressed marine animal please call the Florida Wildlife Research Institute at 1- 888-404-FWCC


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