This morning’s episode of “Sea Rescue” hosted by “Good Morning America” weatherman, Sam Champion was titled “Heroic Journeys.” This show is a Saturday morning treat for the entire family. The dedicated staff at Sea World will go to all lengths to ensure the safety of marine animals.
Manatees make great mothers, and it is very unusual when they give birth to twins. This manatee mother was overwhelmed by her twins and rejected one of them. In Blue Spring State Park, in Florida is a popular place for swimmers, kayakers and nature lovers and a designated refuge for hundreds of endangered manatees. Wayne Hartley worked there for thirty years watching over the manatees and other sea creatures who took refuge there. One day, Wayne was alerted about a baby manatee that was all alone. With no sign of its mother, and her survival is in jeopardy if she is not fed. As the desperate baby tried to nurse from another female, it did not work, because the female was not producing milk. In came the rescue team from Sea World to bring the baby out of the park and to Orlando for treatment. She was named Amber and they tube fed her. The best case scenario would be if they could find a surrogate mother who could nurse her. A manatee named Destiny had recently weaned her own calf and they decided to give it a try. It was fine until her own calf was returned to the pool and sibling rivalry took over as he did not want the new baby near his mother.
Having been rejected once again, Amber’s mother was now the Sea World crew, who had to feed her around the clock, about every three hours for a couple years. Now she is a healthy grownup manatee and weighs 1,300 pounds, a far cry from the sixty pounds she weighed when they found her.
Now they will be returning both her and another rescued manatee to Blue Spring State Park. She and her pool mate Rita will be returned together. Amber is dwarfed next to Rita’s 3,000 pounds, and she weighs about as much as a small car. By releasing them together, it should be easy to assimilate with the rest of the manatees there and she already has a friend. The Sea World team even fitted her with a satellite tracking device so they can find out how she is doing. In the event that the device gets tangled, it is designed to break away from her body. Thirteen years after being rejected by her own mother, park rangers reported that she now has become a mother with her own baby they have affectionately named Squeaky.
When two seagulls were tangled in fishing line, north of San Francisco. They were stuck in a mud flat with no means of escape. Fortunately, a good Samaritan called International Bird Rescue to help them and a call also came in to the Coast Guard. One guardsman went in to rescue them before the tide came in to drown them. As he worked his way through the mud, it was a treacherous walk, as he was in danger of being trapped in the mud. Fortunately, he was able to snag them, although they were trying to get away from their rescuer as he came closer. The rescue center cut away at the tangled line and also discovered that one of the birds had a hook going through its foot. As they were just about ready to complete their rehab, they did not get along, so they were released to two different locations for their own safety on this episode of “Sea Rescue.”
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