In December 2020, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, notified the University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue, or UF MAR, headquartered in Cedar Key and at UF, that a young satellite-tagged manatee named Carmen was needing rescue in the Suwannee River.
With fewer than 400 individuals remaining, North Atlantic right whales are one of the world’s most endangered large whale species. NOAA Fisheries has developed regulations to help protect these whales from vessel collisions and entanglements.
An injured mother manatee and her calf were rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue (UFMAR) after Steinhatchee locals reported she was potentially injured Thursday.
A marine mammal rescue team from the University of Florida spent hours in late June trying to rescue a short-finned pilot whale in the Gulf of Mexico near Steinhatchee, only to have to euthanize it. In its death, the whale still provided no clues as to why it ended up stranded in shallow water and split from its pod.
The 725 lb. whale beached herself in Dixie County, FL on July 1. Discovered by beach goers, teams from the University of Florida and Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescued and transported her to our rehabilitation facility for continued medical care. Upon arrival, our team initiated around-the-clock care. She responded quickly to treatment from our veterinarian team and began to show signs of improvement almost immediately.
NOAA confirms that a whale that was found beached in Taylor County on Thursday had to be euthanized. The pilot whale was removed from the beach and will be transferred to the University of Florida for a necropsy to determine the official cause of death. According to NOAA, the whale was in poor condition, and a veterinarian reports the mammal could not be saved and euthanasia was the best option.