The Bimini manatee is still being observed periodically throughout the day. It does not appear to be in poor health, however Bimini is not considered suitable habitat for manatees. We’ve been in discussions with the US Fish & Wildlife Service as well as the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources. FWS has been giving advice on what to look for and how to act around the animal. Here, you can see the animal drinking freshwater from a hose. Please note that we have only given this wild animal fresh water at the recommendation of knowledgeable manatee biologists. This advice is specific to this case and no one should generally interfere with a wild marine mammal on their own.
I’ll know more tomorrow (hopefully) about a potential rescue and transport plan.
Check back soon!