Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Manatee, calf still stuck in water in Daytona Beach


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THERE LIVE. CLAIRE, GETTING THEM OUT HAS BEEN NO EASY TASK. CLAIRE NO, SIR. RIGHT BEHIND ME IS CALLED AN IN-RIVER CATCH BASIN, COMPLETE IN 2011 TO KEEP SEDIMENT FROM GETTING INTO THE RIVER BEHIND IT. RIGHT NOW, THE CATCH BASIN IS HOLDING A MOTHER AND HER CALF WHO NEED TO BE RELEASED INTO THE RIVER. >> WE DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM OCALA, JUST PULLED IN HERE A FEW MINUTES AGO. CLAIRE: FRANK RAYMOND IS AMONG A GROWING CROWD OF PEOPLE STOPPING BY TO SEE THE MANATEES. SETTING UP CAMP TO WATCH THEM HERE THEY ARE FEEDING ON SOME ALGAE. RAYMOND SAID HE HAD TO MAKE THE TWO HOUR DRIVE. >> I’M SURPRISED THEY HAVEN’T GOTTEN THEM OUT OF HERE YET. CLAIRE: AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THAT? >> I’M WORRIED ABOUT THAT, YES. CLAIRE: WE CAN SHOW YOU HOW THEY GOT IN, BECAUSE WESH 2 WAS IN THE SAME SPOT A WEEK AGO AS DORIAN WAS CALLING. LOOK AT THE SPILLWAY FROM THE RIVER TO THE CATCH BASIN. THEN, WATER COVERING IT WITH A HIGH TIDE AND THE MANATEES SLIPPED IN. BUT SINCE THEN, THE WATER HAS DROPPED. LOOK AT THE SAME SPILLWAY NOW. THE PAIR IS TRAPPED. >> IT JUST SEEMS LIKE WHEN THEY BUILT THIS AT THE SPILLWAY LEVEL, THEY COULD HAVE BUILT A REMOVABLE SPILLWAY FOR EMERGENCIES. CLAIRE: THOUGH THE MANATEES ARE NOT IN PHYSICAL TROUBLE PER FWC, THEY DO NEED TO BE FREED FROM THE BASIN SOONER THAN LATER. THE CITY IS WORKING WITH ITS ENGINEERS TO DETERMINE IF THEY CAN REMOVE A PORTION OF WALL WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE REST OF THE STRUCTURE. AT THE SAME TIME, FWC IS EXPLORING RESCUE OPTIONS WITH SEAWORLD. >> A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMPANY WERE LIKE, HEY, LET’S FREE LILLY. CLAIRE: SOME FOLKS WHO WORK FOR SPRINT STORES IN THE AREA LITERALLY SET UP SHOP AT THE SITE, NAMING THE FEMALE SEA COW , DOING SOME ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS. >> WE GOT THE SIGN “FREE LILLY,” WE CAME OUT, WE’RE DONATING WATER, CHIPS, WHATEVER WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE MANATEE OUT AND SAVE HER. CLAIRE: WE JUST HEARD FROM THE CITY ON A POSSIBLE SOLUTION. AN ENGINEER AND CONTRACTOR THINK THEY CAN REMOVE OR SLIDE UP TWO PANELS OF WALL TO GET THE MANATEES OUT, AND THEY’RE LOOKING AT DOING THIS POSSIBLY BY TOMORROW MORNING AT THE COST OF $10,000. THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN A CONFERENCE CALL WITH FWC TO SEE IF IT IS A GO. IF SO, THE PROCESS TO FREE THEM AND GET THEM INTO THE INTRACOASTAL STARTS TOMORROW MORNING. WE WILL KEEP

Manatee, calf still stuck in water in Daytona Beach

A manatee and her calf are still stuck in a catch basin at the Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach.They’ve been there since at least Thursday.Wildlife crews say they swam over the spillway during high tide after Hurricane Dorian and they couldn’t get out when the water dropped.FWC has been with the sea cows, and officials say they are not in distress, and are eating algae, for now.Many people who have flocked to the area are concerned.”It just seems like when they built this at the spillway level, they could have built a removable spillway for emergencies,” a concerned citizen said.Just a short while ago, the city said it appears a plan to remove or slide up two portions of the basin wall is a go, and will happen likely on Wednesday morning. The manatee could then swim easily into the river.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

A manatee and her calf are still stuck in a catch basin at the Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach.

They’ve been there since at least Thursday.

Wildlife crews say they swam over the spillway during high tide after Hurricane Dorian and they couldn’t get out when the water dropped.

FWC has been with the sea cows, and officials say they are not in distress, and are eating algae, for now.

Many people who have flocked to the area are concerned.

“It just seems like when they built this at the spillway level, they could have built a removable spillway for emergencies,” a concerned citizen said.

Just a short while ago, the city said it appears a plan to remove or slide up two portions of the

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