Cida, a 605-pound female manatee, and Gibb, a 1,058-pound male manatee, were released near the Innlet, into the wild waters off Gasparilla Island.
Cida came to the zoo’s Straz Manatee Hospital on March 22 from Placida Harbor, critically injured by red tide.
Gibb arrived at the hospital on October 26. Crews took the large male to Sea World Orlando on March 6 to further rehabilitate him.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission saved 16 manatees affected by the toxin and brought them to the hospital.
One died and 13 others will be released soon.
The Zoo’s manatee hospital is the only critical care facility that treated manatees sick from this red tide bloom.
Ten remain there. Three are now at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and two are at Sea World Orlando.
So far, scientists have linked red tide to 270 manatee deaths in southwest Florida’s waters.
The manatees were delivered in an Enterprise rental box truck.View More images >>
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