Coast Guard transports pregnant manatee to Florida following rescue from cold Massachusetts waters

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Law checks the manatees condition in the HC-144 Ocean Sentry cargo area , Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The air crew from Air Station Cape Cod arrived at Groton-New London airport in Connecticut to transport the manatee to SeaWorld before being released to her natural Florida habitat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J Groll)

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Law checks the manatees condition in the HC-144 Ocean Sentry cargo area , Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J Groll)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard teamed up with multiple animal rescue teams to transport a pregnant manatee Tuesday from Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

Expert rescue staff from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescued the manatee September 22 from the waters off Falmouth and transported her to Mystic Aquarium. The manatee arrived in Florida aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 aircraft. Upon arrival, she was transported to SeaWorld by their Animal Rescue Team where veterinarians will provide round-the-clock care until she is ready to be released to her natural Florida habitat.

“It was a pleasure working with the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service, Mystic Aquarum, IFAW, and SeaWorld to transport the manatee to SeaWorld in order for her to be released to her natural habitat,” said Lt. Daniel Cloonan, one of the pilots from Air Station Cape Cod who flew the manatee to Florida. “It was a unique mission where all the moving parts and joint collaboration came together tremendously.”

The manatee was named Washburn after the island she was rescued on.

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