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VIDEO: How to spot an injured manatee

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Have you ever seen a manatee acting a little strangely?

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says that if a manatee is floating high in the water, not submerging, or when diving pops back up, that may indicate that something’s wrong.

"Excessively buoyant manatees are often suffering from pneumothorax (excess air in its lung cavity), which can occur after being struck by a vessel. This life-threatening condition decreases swimming ability, prevents the manatee from submerging properly and the manatee’s ability to feed."

If you hit a manatee with your boat or see a manatee acting strangely, call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922, press 7 and ask to speak to an operator.

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says, "Early rescue efforts may save a manatee’s life!"

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