Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. February 16, 2011, CC the manatee is released for a third time. Orphaned as a small 55 pound manatee in 2006, CC goes through three releases and is rescued a few times before he is to be considred a successful release back into the wild. Right after CC is released for the third time with a tracking buoy and a brand on his back, Dr. Robert K. Bonde from USGS, United States Geological Survey's, Sirenia Project, helps gently guide him on where to swim. Vertical orientation split image with personnel who helped release him. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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