Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:49 am
After a 27-hour trip to Florida, Dennis the manatee, rescued from the frigid waters of Cape Cod, died in Orlando yesterday as SeaWorld employees carted the mammal to a rehabilitation center.
Dennis swam to Sesuit Harbor (in Dennis, MA) where water temperatures were measured at 62 to 65 degrees, a dramatic difference from the southeastern waters where manatees usually reside. In August 2006, a sea cow was spotted in Woods Hole, before changing course and swimming to Rhode Island.
The manatee was first spotted Sept. 24 near Fall River, but when the animal lingered in Sesuit Harbor, volunteers and workers from the animal welfare fund began working to capture and remove it to safer environs for treatment and release. The expenses for caring for the manatee and transporting it to Florida are believe to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
S*cks after all that money and effort, you would hope the thing would have made it.
There's a Legal Sea Foods in Boston (and lots of other seafood joints). I'm sure they could have figured out a way to cook it up and make it tasty.
We've had similar things happen in the SF Bay Area where whales swim into the Sacramento River, and humans had to help it back out into the ocean.
Yeah you should have seen the hippies banging pots and pans from overcrowded boats with inadequate life jackets and other safety equipment. It was a real hoot to watch those morons risks the lives of hundreds of people to save the life of one confused whale.