Local manatee spotted with baby twins in Siesta Key Canal | Siesta Key

    Mote Marine Laboratory scientists have observed Tomo-Bella hundreds of times over the last 23 years.

    Manatee Twins at Siesta Key Canal
    Manatee Twins at Siesta Key Canal

     

    Thanks to video shot by Siesta Key resident Karl Nelson this month, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists have confirmed a well-known manatee has given birth to twins.

    Mote scientists have observed Tomo-Bella, a manatee who Nelson filmed swimming with her calves in the Grand Canal, more than 230 times over the last 23 years, according to a news release. Staff first spotted the marine mammal in 1993 in Pansy Bayou near Lido Key.

    “We’re excited to see that Tomo-Bella is contributing to the manatee population, and it’s interesting to see twins from a female whose history we know so well,” said Jennifer Johnson, a staff biologist with Mote’s Manatee Research Program, in the release.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and Mote staff rescued Tomo-Bella from the Grand Canal in 2012. The manatee had a fresh head wound and Red Tide toxins in her bloodstream.

    “To me, it was interesting that she was rescued with a calf in Grand Canal along Siesta, and now she was seen there with her new twins,” Johnson said. “Manatees may go to quieter places to calve.”

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    Manatee Twins at Siesta Key Canal
    Manatee Twins Confirmed at Siesta Key Canal
    Source: Local manatee spotted with twins on Siesta Key | Siesta Key | Your Observer

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