TARPON SPRINGS — An endangered manatee and her calf got a second chance to live in the sea on Thursday after they were rescued in March.
The two manatees, nicknamed Shamrock and Emerald, were cared for at the Lowry Park Zoo. The calf, Emerald, was still dependent on her mother, who suffered a boat-strike injury.
Both were released at Craig Park.
To date, the zoo has taken in 405 manatees for critical care because they were orphaned, severely injured, entangled or exposed to red ride. Of those, 232 manatees have survived and been returned to Florida waters.