A male manatee was released at Monroe Canal Marina in St. James City Tuesday, July 16.
This manatee was a victim of red tide, according to wildlife officials. Red tide is a term used to describe a bloom of harmful algae species called Karenia brevis, which can cause respiratory problems in humans and animals.
The manatee was first discovered in St. Carlos Bay Feb. 28 and transported to Tampa's Manatee and Aquatic Center at Lowry Park Zoo for treatment.
This manatee was released in Matlacha.
Photo courtesy of FWC
Lowry Park Zoo works in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its Florida Wildlife Research Institute to rescue, rehabilitate and release Florida's endangered manatees.
A second male manatee was rescued from Matlacha Pass in March and transported to Lowry Park Zoo for treatment for red tide and a possible watercraft injury. This manatee was also released July 16.
A third manatee, a female, was rescued at Jug Creek in Bokeelia on April 20 and also taken to Tampa's Lowry Park. That manatee was released at the Jug Creek boat ramp on July 16.