The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources teamed up with the Sea World Rescue Team, Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several other rescue groups to help a manatee who was struggling in the cold water of the Cooper River near Charleston.
The male manatee was rescued in the Cooper River upstream from Charleston Harbor last week and taken to the Jacksonville Zoo for treatment for cold stress.
This is the fourth straight year rescue teams have responded to help manatees in the Cooper River. According to Sea World, all of those animals were successfully relocated to Florida, some after brief stays in manatee critical care facilities.
“It’s the most dangerous type of captures we do,” said Andy Garrett with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. “It’s dark water. It’s industrial site. There’s currents. The animals are already stressed because of the cold so it’s important to have these kind of partnerships with experienced people.” [Read more…]