Happening this morning. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM TO RELEASE MANATEE NAMED JARJAR BRANCH BACK TO FLORIDA WATERS

Submitted photo. 

After a successful rehabilitation, JarJar Branch the manatee will leave Miami Seaquarium on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10:30 am and be released back to Florida waters in Round Island, Ft. Pierce. The Miami Seaquarium Rehabilitation Team will be directly educating campers/future rescuers on the preparation of the manatee’s release back to the wild.

On May 25, 2017, this young male manatee was rescued by FWC and Harbor Branch Oceanographic staff in critical condition from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute marina at Ft. Pierce after being struck by a boat. He was buoyant, unable to submerge, with an impact wound across his back. He remained in highly critical condition for the first four months from severe internal blunt force trauma. His medical care and physical rehabilitation to regain buoyancy has taken two years. JarJar Branch has fully recovered. He’s active, swimming and twirling through the different water depths, and in excellent health. He currently weighs about 1000 pounds and is approximately 9 feet in length. He is estimated to be five years of age.

Summer campers at Miami Seaquarium will have the opportunity to assist the rehabilitation team in a unique education and conservation activity as JarJar Branch is being prepared for his release.

If a manatee is observed in distress or a dead manatee is sighted, contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC.

The Miami Seaquarium is located at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway

Information provided by Maritza Arceo-Lopez/Jorge Martinez / The Conroy Martinez Group. For more information, contact 305-445-7550 / Email: maritza@conroymartinez.com

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