Ten manatees were rescued over a three day period in cold Lowcountry waters about a week ago in Charleston, according to a report by the Post and Courier.
The rescue included the combined effort of nearly a dozen agencies and took three days in the tides of the Cooper River as strong currents made it difficult to circle the nets, and some of the big animals struggled before being caught.
Sixteen people in five boats netted the animals one by one. Each captured manatee was immediately trucked to Florida to be treated and released. All the animals but one went back into the ocean in Melbourne, Fla., the same day. The tenth is undergoing treatment for cold exposure and hopefully will be released in the next week.
The number of animals — 10, eight males and two females — rescued from one spot is unprecedented in South Carolina. Previously, five rescues total were made in the river in the past two years. Before that, only one or two had to be rescued from South Carolina waters in a decade or so.
The SeaWorld rescue team that handled the rescue was assisted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and S.C. Department of Natural Resources crews, as well as crews from other federal, Florida and zoo organizations.