The Stranding Team has been super busy yet again this month, and it doesn’t seem like we will be slowing down anytime soon!
To start off, it is manatee-mating season! That means that you will begin to see herds of 10-15 manatees coming into very shallow waters to mate. As strange and abnormal as this may look, we assure you that this is natural mating behavior for manatees. We have been receiving countless calls from the public, as they are concerned that the manatees are attempting to strand themselves since they are thrashing around in such shallow water. Lately we have had to go out to help with crowd control in public areas in order to stop people from getting too close and attempting to swim and play with the manatees.
In other news, our team also had the opportunity to assist with a manatee rescue! Over the span of a week, two teams of staff and interns went out to assist with rescuing two manatees that got trapped in an Oldsmar retention pond due to tropical storm Debbie. It was an incredible experience to get to learn more about these amazing animals!
That’s all we have for you this month team! Again, thank you all so much for your continued help and support!