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© victor jackson
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UploadedJuly 2, 2008
TakenJune 30, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/500 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length270 mm
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This poor manatee has a bad cut and hematoma on it's backside. The whole area has been hunting for her and her calf for weeks. She showed up at my dock this morning and I was able to get the pictures the wildlife officers have been wanting to see. Hope we can get her some treatment or she may be ok. She was eating eel grass and resting in the shallows.


She gave birth sometime between being at my dock and later in the evening. She was spotted early this morning with a new born calf. The FWC said they had no boat to come out but would send a biologist with a kayak. As the state and feds usually do it was a no show.

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  • victor jackson

    victor jackson said (2 Jul 2008):

    Just to update my photo. It appears the state of Florida Wildlife has determined since they have seen my photos they need to come and rescue this manatee. Pictures do some good.

  • Maureen Jochetz

    Maureen Jochetz said (3 Jul 2008):

    Thank you for helping her. You have done a great thing.

  • victor jackson

    victor jackson said (3 Jul 2008):

    She has had a calf since I took this picture. She was several docks over this morning 7/3 and had a new baby. She was acting very sluggish at my dock when I took the above picture on 7/2.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    Congratulations! I love the story behind it, and your helping out! Manatees are so special! :)

  • Jennifer Rowe

    Jennifer Rowe gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    thanks for helping her! I hope she is still doing well

  • Arla Ruggles

    Arla Ruggles gave props (6 Oct 2008):

    Kudos for your contribution to the rescue - whether the authorities actually help or not. I hope they are both OK!

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