Manatee Calf Injured By Boat Propeller Heals at Miami Seaquarium

A manatee calf is being treated in Miami after being cut up by a boat's propeller.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers corralled the 7-foot manatee in the shallows of Florida Bay Thursday. Mary Stella, director of media and marketing for the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key says the propeller cuts were visible on the manatee's body and tail paddle.

The mammal was spotted last Monday, but the FWC wanted to determine the seriousness of the injuries and see if the manatee was old enough to be away from its mother before removing it from the water. Stella says they were approved when photos showed deep wounds and swelling, indicating internal injuries.

The calf was taken to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment and rehabilitation.

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