Get Shorty: Researchers ask for public's help in locating tagged manatee

Researchers are asking for the public’s help in locating a rehabilitated and released manatee named Shorty whose tracking tag stopped transmitting two week ago. Anyone who sees a manatee with a belt located just above the tail is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dispatch at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Researchers are asking for the public’s help in locating a rehabilitated and released manatee named Shorty whose tracking tag stopped transmitting two week ago. Anyone who sees a manatee with a belt located just above the tail is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dispatch at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).

Researchers studying manatees in Florida are asking for the public’s help in locating a rehabilitated and released manatee whose tracking tag stopped transmitting two week ago.

Tagged and released in March, the female manatee — named Shorty — has been sighted in Gulf waters near the Port of the Islands area south of Marco Island. Based on her movement patterns, researchers anticipate that Shorty is still in the Ten Thousand Islands area, but there is a chance she could have moved north into Naples or further south into the western portion of the Everglades.

On May 8, Shorty’s radio-transmitter tag stopped working just southeast of Goodland. The satellite tracking device consists of a belt, tether, and radio-transmitter tag, which easily can be seen when the manatee is at the surface of the water.

Anyone who sees a manatee with a belt located just above the tail is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dispatch at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).

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