DENNIS, Mass. (AP) – Wildlife officials are teaming with Sea World this weekend in a plan to rescue a lost manatee from Cape Cod waters and ship it to Florida.

Chris Cutter of the International Fund for Animal Welfare said it’s still uncertain what day they’ll try to move the manatee from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.

But he said the animal must be moved soon for its own health.

Manatees are normally found off Georgia and Florida and aren’t used to the Cape’s increasingly cold waters.

If it gets too cold, manatees stop feeding.

Cutter said this manatee seems to be in pretty good health, despite a left eye problem and flipper scar.

The rescue would involve trapping the manatee in a net and moving it to a plane headed to Sea World in Florida, which has a program to rehabilitate manatees.


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