KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) — Help has arrived for one of Florida’s beloved aquatic animals.READ MORE: Miami's Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk Drew Thousands
Officials say a manatee calf injured by a boat’s propeller has been removed from waters so it can be treated in Miami.
News outlets report Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers corralled the 7-foot (2.13-meter) manatee in the shallows of Florida Bay on 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.READ MORE: COVID Sniffing Dogs Helped Out At Pinecrest Jazz Festival
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.
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.MORE NEWS: Doral Police Need Help Finding Missing Man Thomas Graham
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