Laces the Manatee Swimming Free After Year of Rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando

A 900-pound manatee was released after being treated for boat injuries and buoyancy issues in Orlando.

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    Laces the manatee was returned to the wild after being treated for boating related wounds and buoyancy issues by SeaWorld Orlando. Watch video of her release here. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013)

    Laces the manatee is now swimming free in the waters off Cape Canaveral after a year of rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.

    The adult female manatee was treated for boat injuries on her upper back and buoyancy issues after a resident found her floating in a Cocoa Beach canal last August.

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    Laces, who weighs 900 pounds, traveled from Orlando to waters near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base and was released where other manatees could be seen swimming.

    SeaWorld has rescued 12 manatees this year and returned seven.

    If you see other injured marine animals like Laces, you can help by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission hotline at 888-404-3922.

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