A construction worker at a waterfront site on the 300 block of Bird Key Drive spotted a gray object floating in the water at roughly 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
Less than two hours later, Mote Marine Laboratory staff removed the body of a juvenile male manatee from the Bird Key waterway.
"It's sad any time we find one that small," said Mote Marine Laboratory staff biologist Rebeccah Hazelkorn, who assisted four others in the Stranding Investigations Program in removing the manatee. There weren't immediate signs of trauma. The marine mammal may have died from exposure to red tide or an infection, Hazelkorn said.
Mote staff used a crane on the rear of a white truck to lift the manatee out of the waterway, and will now transfer it the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. It ould take up to a month to learn the results, Hazelkorn said.
Currently 0 Responses
4 Mindful Practice
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5 Sarasota Singles Society: "An Evening at the Sarasota Opera House"
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
8 GriefShare Seminars & Support Groups
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8 Dave Ramsey's FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sarasota resident Sol Carson celebrated his 100th birthday Aug. 15, at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Sarasota Inc. The birthday party included cake, singing and family. Carson, a South Philadelphia native, lives in Sarasota with his son, Charles.
The St. Boniface Youth Group held an ice cream social for families Sunday, Aug. 17, in Siesta Key Village.
Calling all four-legged models! The Humane Society of Sarasota County will be accepting entries for its 3rd annual “The Real HousePets of Sarasota County” Pet Calendar and Photo Contest.