Rehabilitated manatees returned to Florida Keys waters

Manatees Return to Florida Keys

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated manatees were returned to Florida Keys waters Wednesday.

Staff from Dolphin Research Center’s Manatee Rescue Team, and volunteers with Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder and Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, assisted with the rescues and assisted with the releases.

“Spookey” was rescued in the Upper Keys in October 2019 after a boat strike severely injured her tail. In February 2020, “Scott” was discovered with a flipper entangled in monofilament fishing line. Both marine mammals were rehabilitated at Miami Seaquarium.

Although the Florida Keys remain closed to visitors until June 1, the destination’s many nature and wildlife rehabilitation centers have continued caring for rescued wildlife and helping animals in need during the coronavirus crisis.