On April 6, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned its eighth manatee back into Florida waters as followers on Twitter followed along. For the first time, SeaWorld live tweeted updates during the successful release via @seaworld_parks.
Clarice, a 7 ½-feet-long, 530-pound female manatee, was released into the Desoto Canal in Satellite Beach, FL -- the same body of water where she was rescued on January 10. Like many manatees this year, she was suffering from to cold stress brought on by Florida's unexpectedly cold and extended winter. Manatees cannot survive for very long in water temperatures below 60 degrees.
The young sea cow spent the last three months recovering at SeaWorld's Manatee Rehabilitation Center where veterinarians and animal care specialists treated her with warm fluids. They fitted her with a microchip to identify her in should she need further assistance out in the wild.
SeaWorld is the global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees. The park's Animal Rescue Team is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.