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Young Manatee Brought to Miami After Being Cut by Boat

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    Good news for manatees: The Department of Fish and Wildlife found a group of 6,600 manatees off of Florida’s coast during an annual survey, which means that the creatures are now off the "endangered" species list. With the change, manatees are now listed as “vulnerable.”

    Some conservation groups are worried that this reclassification will put the manatees in danger because they fear that the public won't take issues of habitat loss and boat deaths as seriously. However, the Dept. says that manatees will still fall under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and be entitled to Endangered Species Act protections.

    (Published Friday, March 31, 2017)

    Officials say a manatee calf injured by a boat's propeller has been removed from waters so it can be treated in Miami.

    News outlets report Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers corralled the 7-foot manatee in the shallows of Florida Bay on Thursday.

    Mary Stella, director of media and marketing for the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key says the propeller cuts were visible on the manatee's body and tail paddle.

    The mammal was spotted last Monday, but the FWC wanted to determine the seriousness of the injuries and see if the manatee was old enough to be away from its mother.

    Stella says they were approved when photos showed deep wounds and swelling, indicating internal injuries.

    The calf was taken to the Miami Seaquarium for treatment and rehabilitation.

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