Posts tagged ‘FWC’

August 12, 2011

Manatee Release Photos Part II

FWC posted a few more fantastic photos from yesterday’s release of a four year old male at Kars Park in Merritt Island, FL.  In them you can easily view the panel truck that SeaWorld Orlando uses for transport of injured and rehabilitated manatees (note the extensive styrofoam padding) and get a sense of the overall procedure for releases.   You can also see in a few photos where the FWC biologists do last minute health checks to ensure the patient is ready and rarin’ to go and to do finalized photographs of scar patterns for future identification purposes.

In some cases released manatees are tagged with satellite trackers so that movements can be detected.  The belt is worn at the tail stalk where the paddle meets the body.  This individual doesn’t appear to be carrying one.

Also, I see some familiar faces from the SeaWorld crowd in these photos!  The Animal Care team pictured here represents decades worth of vested time and experience in caring for marine mammals.  And they’re all quite fabulous off the clock as well.  Cheers again for both teams’ hard work in the hot sun!

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August 11, 2011

Another Manatee Rehab’d and Released

 

In other FWC related news today, staff biologists and SeaWorld’s Animal Care team were able to successfully release an adult manatee back into the wild near Merritt Island. The manatee in question had been brought in last winter during a cold snap after observation it had symptoms of cold stress and needed assistance.

Congratulations to both teams involved and especially those fantastic folks at SeaWorld who work so hard to rehabilitate these animals throughout the year.

August 11, 2011

Marmoset for Sale? Better Have A Permit!

Remember the other week when FWC officers busted a guy on out-of-season hunting violations based on his Facebook photos?  Well, the FWC doesn’t stop there in using the internet to search out wildlife violations in Florida.

Recently officers were tipped that a man was attempting to sell a marmoset – a small monkey requiring a special permit for sale and possession in our Sunshine state – via internet classifieds.  They set up a sale with him over the web to purchase the animal at $2,700.  When the man opened up his home for the investigators to view the monkey for purchase, they smacked him with several misdemeanors after he failed to produce the necessary permit, including a violation that the size of the cage for the monkey was not in keeping with standards.

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June 24, 2011

Facebook Photos Lead to Wildlife Bust

Good idea: The FWC posting video on YouTube to show how their biologists go about surveying bay scallops in Florida’s waters that help set bag limits on the fishery through the season (going on now).

Bad idea: Posting photos to Facebook of your illegally caught white-tailed deer and alligator and being busted by FWC based on that evidence.

Technology being used against us isn’t all about Google searches on “chloroform” and texting scandals it would seem!