Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees.
The manatee exhibit is a popular one at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. As a patient observer, it's common to see young children exclaiming with joy and sprinting toward the observatory windows with their parents being pulled along in tow. When visitors peer through the glass, they're greeted by the whiskered faces and beady eyes of the "cows of the sea" -- a staple of Florida's waterways.
FWC told FOX 35 News that they will not search for the manatee on Wednesday, as they try to re-evaluate their rescue strategy.
Sealife rescue groups are attempting to trap the manatee so the tire can be safely removed.
"Manatees make the funniest faces."
Navy personnel came to the rescue of a beached manatee in Jacksonville on Thursday.
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