Returned to the wild

Returned to the wild
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1:16pm

After surviving deadly Red Tide, two manatees are released.

(WBBH)Red tide took its toll on Southwest Florida this winter. 270 manatees died because of the toxic algae, but we met a couple of the lucky ones.

Survivors were rescued in our area and rehabilitated in Tampa. Two were released in Boca Grande Thursday.

Gayle Parker has the perfect spot to watch two manatees return to the wild.

"Here's the moment," the Englewood resident said.

She's only seen a manatee in Boca Grande one other time in 30 years.

"Just once, right out here. Two of them were feeding and staying in a circle right here in the water," she explained.

Today she was watching and taking pictures as zookeepers bring two manatees home.

"It's exciting to watch them and know they are helping these sea creatures which need the help," Parker says.

Wildlife officials rescued both animals. Specialists at the Lowry Park Zoo and SeaWorld helped the manatees recover from this winter's red tide algae bloom.

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