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Rescued Manatees Released in Florida Keys

Two manatees rescued by Florida Keys-based marine mammal rescue volunteers were returned to Florida Keys waters Wednesday.

“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 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.

“Even during the pandemic, we still have to help wildlife, so we’re out here rescuing any injured manatees and releasing them as soon as they’re healed and ready to go back out,” said Amber Howell, a marine mammals research associate with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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