A rehabilitated manatee from Tampa Bay who ended up in Texas is back in home waters after receiving care from SeaWorld, the theme park announced today.
Trinidad was returned to Tampa Bay today with the help of SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey. It took 11 people to carry the manatee, who weighs more than half a ton.
Trinidad was found in the waters of a power plant outflow in Trinity Bay near Houston. He weighed 960 pounds and was showing signs of cold stress, malnourishment and dehydration, officials said. He received the name Trinidad from the Spanish word for Trinity.
The manatee was taken SeaWorld San Antonio for medical treatment and rehabilitation. Then he was taken to SeaWorld Orlando after researchers used a photo catalog of manatee scars to determine he was from Tampa Bay.
Because Trinidad traveled so far, the USGS put a tag on him to monitor his future migrations.