Manatee Appreciation Day

Coconut Telegraph

On March 28, Manatee Appreciation Day, the South Florida Museum welcomed Baca the manatee back to the Museum's Stage 2 Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium to finish his rehabilitation. He joined manatees ONeil and Tannebaum that arrived for rehab on Tuesday. As a Stage 2 rehabilitation facility, the Museum is the place where manatees come after their critical health needs have been taken care of. Its main tasks are bringing rehab manatees up to the right size and weight for release and if injured, allowing them to finish the healing process. Typically, these animals remain in the Museum's care anywhere from a few months to more than a year, depending on the amount of time they need to reach the appropriate size. The Aquarium had been temporarily closed so that scheduled maintenance could be completed. Now that the 60,000-gallon habitat's underwater viewing windows have been buffed and re-sealed, and fiberglass, deck work and painting has been completed, the Aquarium has re-opened to the public and to manatees in need of care.

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