Rescuers were struggling to remove a dead adult female manatee from a construction site on the Indian Creek waterway in Miami Beach Wednesday morning.
The dead mammal attracted a pod of juvenile male manatees who were trying to mate with her, rescuers said. It is common for that to happen.
The female, who was lactating, left behind a calf.
Rescuers said the calf was old enough to be on its own. Only the mother was removed from the water.
Rescuers are on the scene from the Miami Seaquarium and the state wildlife agency.