Manatee Release © Florida Park Service
Florida travel guide to manatee release
It was freedom for two manatees, CC Baby and Krystal, that were released today at Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River. Manatees are an endangered species, protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
The manatees were rehabilitated at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and picked up by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this morning to transport them to their release area. “We are always pleased to see manatees released back into the wild after their care at Homosassa Springs,” said Park Manager Art Yerian. “The park’s participation in manatee rehabilitation is an important component of manatee education and conservation in Florida.”
For more than 30 years, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has been part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release program for manatees. During those years, more than 20 manatees have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
CC Baby was rescued from the Caloosahatchee River on Sept. 16, 2007, suffering from cold stress. The orphaned baby manatee weighed 73 pounds at the time and has now filled out to 635 pounds. She was first taken to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for rehab and was later sent to the Cincinnati Zoo. On November 2010, CC Baby came home to Florida and has spent her time at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park until today.
Orphaned calf, Krystal, was also rescued with cold stress. She was pulled from the waters at Three Sisters Springs so this was a true homecoming for her. On that day in December 8, 2009, she weighed a mere 198 pounds and has since filled out to 670 pounds. Krystal spent her first year at the Miami Seaquarium and has been at Homosassa Springs State Park since March 2010.
Have you ever seen a manatee when traveling in Florida?