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Thirteen top memories of 2013: SeaWorld Orlando manatee release

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SeaWorld Orlando is getting a lot of flack because of the movie "Blackfish," but while the film makers freely distort the facts about the park's orcas, they gloss over its impressive rescue efforts. Every year, SeaWorld helps creatures like birds, dolphins, turtles, and manatees. They're given veterinary care and released whenever possible. If their injuries are permanent, they live out their lives at the park.

In 2013, I had a chance to witness one of the rescue success stories first hand. I was there when SeaWorld Orlando released four manatees back into their natural habitat, and it was very powerful to see the results of their work up close and personal.

Click the video accompanying this article to see the manatee release. As you can tell, all four of the manatees were very glad to be back home.

When you visit the park, you can see the manatees currently being cared for in the Turtle Trek attraction. You'll also see rescued sea turtles that live permanently in the habitat because they can't be returned to the ocean.

For more of my top 13 memories of 2013, use the links below to navigate:

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