BRADENTON -- The South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium is planning for the arrival of a young male manatee calf Tuesday afternoon.
The manatee, nicknamed Charlie, has been undergoing rehabilitation since November at Miami Seaquarium, an attraction that also operates as a critical care facility for injured, sick manatees or orphaned calves. Charlie is being transferred to the South Florida Museum for continued care and rehabilitation.
Charlie was originally rescued from the Gasparilla Sound, part of the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed, with his mother who sustained injuries from a watercraft and subsequently did not survive. At the time of rescue, Charlie was a dependent calf and his medical status was considered stable.
As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership, the South Florida Museum is a second stage rehabilitation facility that provides a temporary home for manatees until they are ready for release into the wild.
Charlie is the 23rd manatee to be cared for at the museum as part of a rehabilitation program started in 1998. Charlie will be joining two other manatees currently in the museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium: Brandee, a young female undergoing rehabilitation and Snooty, the museum’s long-term resident manatee.
The public will be able to view Charlie, Brandee and Snooty as part of the museum’s general admission starting Wednesday.