Florida Fish & Wildlife requested the assistance of the Charlotte County marine patrol recently as they rescued a seven-foot injured manatee weighing roughly 300 pounds. The manatee was rescued near Gasparilla Marina and is now being treated by FWC until it fully recovers from its injuries.
Boaters – please use caution near sea grass flats and other waterway areas which manatees live. At least 593 manatees died in 2020, including 90 from boat strikes. Visit myfwc.com and search for Living with Florida Manatees to learn more.