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Manatee found beached near Fort Myers Beach

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 14:05:55-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A manatee that beached itself on Bunche Beach Tuesday morning is now in SeaWorld getting treatment.

Florida Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene to help the male manatee.

They tell us during an examination it showed signs of red tide poisoning.

The manatee is currently in rehabilitation.

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There are several steps you can take if you see a sick, injured, dead, or tagged manatee.

FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)
Cellular phone customers: *FWC or #FWC

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the exact location of the animal?
  • Is the manatee alive or dead?
  • How long have you been observing the manatee?
  • What is the approximate size of the manatee?
  • What is the location of the public boat ramp closest to the manatee?
  • Can you provide a contact number where you can be reached for further information?