SeaWorld Orlando Returns Manatee to Waters near Boca Grande after Rehabilitation

Starting June 13, 2013 in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld’s animal rescue team returned Gibb the manatee in to the waters near Boca Grande, on Florida’s southwest coast. Gibb was first rescued by the animal experts at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo back in  October 26, 2012 during one of the worst red tide blooms scientists had seen in over a decade. Gibb finished his rehabilitation at the Fla. SeaWorld Orlando under the care of the park’s vets and rescue team. Gibb is one of seven manatees SeaWorld Orlando will be returning to the wild over the next month.


In collaboration with the government and some members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of world’s most largely respected programs to rescue sick and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. The SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals the needed their help. The ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned for over four decades. Just this year alone, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued two manatees and returned one.

All manatee rescue footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911.
If you see injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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