Manatees released following recovery

— Marine mammal experts have released three manatees back into the wild after two were treated for lacerations caused by boat propellers in two different Florida locations.

Jasmine – named for the street adjacent to a canal in a Florida Keys neighborhood where she was captured in mid-March – was transported from the Miami Seaquarium after treatment.

Officials from the Keys-based Dolphin Research Center and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped to facilitate “Jasmine’s” capture and Tuesday’s release into Florida Bay off Islamorada.

Also Tuesday, a mother and calf were released near the same location where they were recovered from a Palm Bay waterway in May. The mother was struck by a boat, and while the calf was not injured, an FWC official says it accompanies the parent to ensure its survival.

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