Wild animals: Manatee rescued near Texas City Dike heads to San Antonio for medical treatment

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (KTRK) – It doesn’t happen often, but there has been a sighting of manatees near the Texas City seawall.

The large mammal was spotted in an industrial canal near the refineries.

Several organizations came together to save the manatee on Friday after a sighting was reported a few days ago. It was then that the groups began to try to find him.

It turns out that fishermen spotted a manatee near the Texas City seawall in September, but it’s unclear if it’s the same.

It took the organizations about an hour to bring the mammal to safety with a net.

Although people see manatees every now and then, it is rare to see them here at this time of year.

“Manatees are not common here in Galveston Bay. But we do see them sometimes come during the summer months. If they haven’t been gone during those winter months and the water is dropping in, they then become stressed by the cold, ”said Heidi Whitehead. with the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

The manatee was taken to Sea World in San Antonio for an assessment.

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