Dec 05

Manatees Vesuvia and Dorothy-Gail are Returned to Florida Waters after Months of Rehabilitation

This week, our Animal Rescue Team here at SeaWorld Orlando returned two female manatees, Vesuvia and Dorothy-Gail, into Florida's East Coast waters after receiving treatment and care at our facilities for several months. Check out some awesome video from their returns below!

On Tuesday, our team successfully returned Vesuvia, a 5 year-old sub adult female manatee, to the waters of Front Street Park in Melbourne, Fla. She was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in April after sustaining watercraft injuries in the Indian River in Melbourne, Fla.

Vesuvia was transported to our facilities after her rescue where she received radiographs, antibiotics and regular flushing of deep abscesses on her body. During rehabilitation, Vesuvia gained 110 pounds and at the time of her return she weighed 855 pounds.

This morning, Dorothy-Gail (below), a female independent manatee calf approximately 3 years old, was returned to the waters at Parrish Park in Titusville, Fla.

Dorothy-Gail was rescued from New Smyrna Beach’s Mosquito Lagoon this past May by the FWC and our Animal Rescue Team. Dorothy-Gail suffered from watercraft injuries and was transported to our facilities where she received antibiotics, fluids, radiographs and other supportive care. She gained 15 pounds during rehabilitation, and weighed 645 pounds at the time of her return.

The Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees. Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.wildtracks.org.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

To stay up to date with animal rescues and to learn about all of SeaWorld's conservation efforts, please visit SeaworldCares.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using #SeaWorldCares and #SeaWorldRescue.

Best of luck to you, Vesuvia and Dorothy-Gail!