Caring for a Manatee with a Collapsed Lung


SeaWorld is currently caring for a nearly 700 pound, nine foot long adult male manatee who is suffering from boat strike injuries, and a pneumothorax. When a manatee has a pneumothorax its body cavity fills with air and it cannot stay submerged.

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The manatee is in guarded condition, and will be monitored closely. So far in 2013, SeaWorld has rescued 15 and returned 8 manatees back to their natural habitat. If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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