Rescue Update Oct. 12, 2008
We are sad to report that despite the best efforts of rescuers from IFAW, US Fish and Wildlife and Sea World, Dennis the wayward manatee that had called Cape Cod home for the past few weeks, died just an hour short of reaching Orlando.
Rescuers had been able to increase his body temperature from 73 degrees to 89 - normal for a manatee is 90 degrees - and his glucose levels had also increased. All signs looked positive, but unfortunately Dennis crashed around 3:00pm Sunday.
Tests to determine the exact cause of death will be done over the next few weeks.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available. We would like to once again thank everyone for the outpouring of support shown for this lost manatee.