The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Has Two New Manatees

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Two new manatees — Viva and Collie — arrived at The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat last week for pre-release conditioning before they return to the wild. Viva is a female manatee about 6.5 feet long, weighting about 332 pounds. She was resuced on November 11 from Pine Island Sound near Captiva Island in Lee County suffering from the effects of red tide. Collie, another female manatee, was about 7 feet long and weighed about 551 pounds when she was rescued after a boat strike from the Gordon River near Naples in Collier County on June 11.Viva and Collie are the 41st and 42nd rehabilitating manatees that The Bishop has cared for since 1998 and they join our current manatee residents, Felicia and Doscal.

Photo courtesy of The Bishop.

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