Maime – Manatee Rescued 1955
Maime was the first Manatee Miami Seaquarium rescued and rehabilitated. She was only 3 weeks old and weighed 47. Maime was rescued (July 1955) even before the park was open to the public (September 1955).
Juliet – Manatee Rescued 1958
Juliet is a female manatee that came to Miami Seaquarium in 1958 due to a collision with a boat. She is the largest and oldest manatee on exhibit being 10.5 feet long and over 2500 pounds. She is believed to be in her 50s. She has also become an adoptive mom to many rescued orphans. Juliet is one of few manatees that has been documented to spontaneously lactate, when a baby is introduced to her pool. You can find Juliet swimming in the Manatee Exhibit at Miami Seaquarium
Phoenix – Manatee Rescued 1993
Phoenix was rescued from Port Everglades in March of 1993 after being impacted by the propellers of a boat. Due to this collision, Phoenix lost 25% of her blood volume, ¾ of her back paddle and portions of her vertebrae were left exposed leaving her partially paralyzed. Due to her injuries, Phoenix is unable to be released and has found a permanent home at Miami Seaquarium.
Ilya – Manatee Rescued & Released 2009
In December 2009, Miami Seaquarium veterinary staff travel to New Jersey to rescue Ilya, the wayward manatee, from frigid waters after getting lost while migrating north. Ilya was transported by the Coast Guard and successfully released back into South Florida’s warm waters off the Miami Seaquarium sea wall. During her journey Ilya received national media attention for her unique circumstance.