Tuesday, May 21, 2013

National Endangered Species Day

Did you know that Dolphin Research Center is the licensed manatee rescue team for the Florida Keys?
The DRC crew, along with the FWC and Miami Seaqurium, help rescue an injured manatee.
Many manatees end up in a life-threatening situation. Some become entangled in discarded fishing line or synthetic boat rope. Others may be hit by boats and severely injured by propellers slicing into their bodies. The very survival of these endangered animals is at stake. We believe there are only around 3,300 manatees left.
How You Can Help
When ocean temperatures drop, more manatees make their way to the warmer water in the Keys. Now, as much as ever, manatees need your assistance. If you see a manatee with an entanglement or injury, call 1-888-404-FWCC. Your call will be answered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC). This is the first step in launching a trained, authorized response to aid the animal. Nobody else can put the process into action. You must contact the FWCC.