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We Adopted a Manatee! Say Hello to Una

by 4Ocean Team October 11, 2018 75 Comments

We Adopted a Manatee! Say Hello to Una

Una spent three years of her life tangled in fishing line and has the scars to prove it. This is her story.

 

Ocean plastic poses a serious hazard to wildlife. Manatees are commonly entangled in monofilament fishing line as they graze and explore their environment, which can lead to infections or be fatal. After reading Una’s story, we knew she was the manatee for us. This is her story.

December 2003: Una was rescued as an orphan from the Ortega River near Jacksonville, Florida; she wouldn’t have been able to survive without her mom 

February 2006: Grown and healthy, Una was released into Blue Spring State Park, a common warm-water refuge for manatees during cold winter months 

November 2013: Una was spotted in the park with fishing line tangled on her right flipper, but a capture attempt was unsuccessful 

January 2014: Una returned to Blue Spring park and her entanglement was worse; she had a calf and was nursing an additional yearling; a rescue was contemplated despite the nursing calf, but Una left the park before it could get underway 

December 2015: Una came back to Blue Spring entangled in even more fishing line, which was holding her flippers together, almost like handcuffs and a capture attempt was planned 

January 2016: The line connecting Una’s flippers was cut by a researcher at the park, but there was still line wrapped around each flipper. The planned rescue was postponed when researchers discovered Una was pregnant because they didn’t want to endanger the baby. 

November 2016: Una returned to the park with her calf and the fishing line embedded deeply in her flesh; she was finally captured and transported to SeaWorld Orlando to have the line removed. 

December 2017: After recovering from her entanglement and subsequent internal issues that required her to be tube-fed, Una was finally cleared for release and returned to Blue Spring State Park where she thrives. 

October 2018: 4ocean adopted Una from Save The Manatee®Club and, while she is fully healed, she will bear the scars of her entanglement forever...a stark reminder of the impact of plastic and other man-made dangers in the ocean. If you happen to visit Blue Spring State Park in the winter, see if you can identify our beautiful girl enjoying the warm waters of her new home. 

Properly disposing of trash, recyclables, and fishing line can prevent manatees and other wildlife from ingesting or becoming entangled in it. While Una’s story has a happy ending, not all entangled animals survive. You can help make the ocean a safer place for animals like Una.



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75 Responses

Olga
Olga

October 19, 2018

You guys are awesome! How can I help?

Christine Youngblood
Christine Youngblood

October 19, 2018

Una is darling….thank you for sharing her picture.

Terry J Faulkner
Terry J Faulkner

October 19, 2018

Hello Una, I wish I could swim with you and give you a big hug and let you feel my love for you and all Manatees. Thank you 4Ocean, your efforts are forever appreciated.

Jeri
Jeri

October 19, 2018

God bless your organization and everyone who worked tirelessly to save Una and give her the life she deserves. Continue your good work. Thank you for making a difference one sweet creature at a time.

Manu
Manu

October 19, 2018

Hello Una and Welcome in the 4Ocean’s family !
I’m so happy you recovered and now you can rest in blue spring state park.
Take care and have a good life

Sue Henry
Sue Henry

October 19, 2018

So glad you saved her. I have bought several bracelets for myself and as gifts. Thanks for your hard work!

DARLENE M ELFERING
DARLENE M ELFERING

October 19, 2018

God Bless you ALL at 4Ocean. I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful organization that truly cares about our Oceans.
Pease let me know if you have plans on starting a group out West. I would love to be part of such a fabulous family organization.
GOD Bless you all.
Darlene M. Elfering

Lisa Pauls
Lisa Pauls

October 19, 2018

This is such an awesome story about Una. As an avid supporter of 4Ocean I think it would be awesome to add an “Una” stuffed animal to your line of products for order. I would buy one!!!!! Thanks for all you do.
Lisa Pauls

Sandy
Sandy

October 19, 2018

I love Una and I love your cause. I wear all 8 of the bracelets I have gotten. I look forward to the new bracelet each month. I would love if you could re- release the whale one. Thanks for all you do! ❤️🦑🐙🦀🐬🐳🐠🦐🐟🐡

Sylvia
Sylvia

October 19, 2018

I used to feed and watch manatees at Port Everglades, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was subsidized by Florida Light and Power. These manatees, gentle sea giants were friendly. 4Oceans is doing a great job of cleaning our oceans. Now they have adopted Una a manatee that had been entangled in fishing
line and we should do all we can to keep our oceans clean so that a story like Una’s is a thing of the past.

Sumana
Sumana

October 19, 2018

Thank you so much 4ocean for adopting sweet Una! I love all of the wonderful things you do and how you are world hero’s. I hope one day when I am older, I can help you make our world a better place. I adore your monthly causes and how you help so many animals!!!! I love to read about you and tell my friends at school about your work. I am very excited, I just bought your Manatee bracelet today and my best friend Karoline got a 4ocean bracelet today to! I have been telling my friends and teachers about you guys, and trying to advertise whenever I can. My other best friend Zinnia, got one about two weeks ago because I was telling her to get, one non-stop. :) I was wondering if there was anything else I could do to help? I participate in creation care club at school and help start the school gardens, but is there anything I could do to help the ocean and not just land?! If you get the chance please write back. Once again, thank you so much for all your work and helping Una. I can’t wait to get my 2nd bracelet!!!
-Sumana (age 14)

Sumana
Sumana

October 19, 2018

Thank you so much 4ocean for adopting sweet Una! I love all of the wonderful things you do and how you are world hero’s. I hope one day when I am older, I can help you make our world a better place. I adore your monthly causes and how you help so many animals!!!! I love to read about you and tell my friends at school about your work. I am very excited, I just bought your Manatee bracelet today and my best friend Karoline got a 4ocean bracelet today to! I have been telling my friends and teachers about you guys, and trying to advertise whenever I can. My other best friend Zinnia, got one about two weeks ago because I was telling her to get, one non-stop. :) I was wondering if there was anything else I could do to help? I participate in creation care club at school and help start the school gardens, but is there anything I could do to help the ocean and not just land?! If you get the chance please write back. Once again, thank you so much for all your work and helping Una. I can’t wait to get my 2nd bracelet!!!
-Sumana

Patricia Hamilton Mitchell
Patricia Hamilton Mitchell

October 19, 2018

So sad. Thanks for helping her.

janet
janet

October 19, 2018

I absolutely love this! Thanks for cleaning the oceans and supporting wildlife conservation!

Kathleen M Peck
Kathleen M Peck

October 19, 2018

I was so touched by Una’s story, and happy she is finally healed and making it on her own. Thank you for adopting her and sharing her story with all. Thank you again!

Valerie
Valerie

October 19, 2018

Thank you for saving Una and all of the countless efforts you make to help save our oceans. Without all of your tireless efforts much of the sea life you have saved would have been lost forever 🌎

Camille
Camille

October 19, 2018

This story warms my heart. 😘Hello Una

Laura Wood
Laura Wood

October 19, 2018

I’m so thankful for the work you do. Thank you for taking care of our ocean and the wonderful creatures who inhabit it. I wish there were more organizations that did this. And I’m thrilled that Una was saved and she was adopted by you.

Sue
Sue

October 19, 2018

So glad you’re healed & back where you belong … go well Big Beautiful Girl!

Kyle Bosh
Kyle Bosh

October 19, 2018

Thank you for 4Ocean for adopting Una and raising awareness about animal entanglements from plastic and other pollution. This is inspiring and I hope it encourages others to consider reducing plastic usage and participate in litter cleanups in the area they live in.

Elmer Deras
Elmer Deras

October 19, 2018

Proud to be part of this movement..

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

October 19, 2018

What a beautiful feel good story!
Thank you for all you do IAm a fan of 4ocean❤️

Angela Genth
Angela Genth

October 19, 2018

Una’s story is heartwarming !!! It made me smile. Thank you for helping the animals.

Alison Peper
Alison Peper

October 19, 2018

Thank you for your incredible work. I wear one of your bracelets all the time. Best wishes to you all.

Kim
Kim

October 19, 2018

Look at that sweet girl! I am so happy to see 4Ocean partnered with Save the Manatee. I myself adopted a manatee as a child (Phillip!) and its wonderful to see the continued good work this organization does.

Patei Pullos
Patei Pullos

October 19, 2018

Thank you for all that you do to preserve the ocean and it’s inhabitants!

Connie Ferguson
Connie Ferguson

October 19, 2018

What a beautiful and, thankfully, happy story. I am well aware that all these stories do not end so well. Thank you for providing a perfect opportunity for us to help you help all our precious oceans and creatures.

deborah andersen
deborah andersen

October 19, 2018

I love this story, and I love Una! Please continue on with the great work you are doing!

Rebecca
Rebecca

October 19, 2018

Love what you are doing with each new day and congratulations Team 4Ocean for adopting this beautiful girl Una ❤️

Kristina Ash
Kristina Ash

October 19, 2018

What a strong girl you must be Una! You’ve been through so much, but have still been able to thrive in the wild- and you even got to be a Mommy! I’m so happy that you now have a wonderful team to support you and to keep a watchful eye on you for the rest of your days :-) Just keep swimming Una, welcome to the 4Ocean team!

Leah
Leah

October 19, 2018

I support 40ocean , Thank you for adopting Una. What a wonderful Team you all are!

Anja Kansen
Anja Kansen

October 19, 2018

Thank you 4Ocean, for making The ocean a safer place for UNA but also for alle of the animales .
A life with out plastic xxx
Love from Anja Kansen of the Nederlands.

Penney
Penney

October 19, 2018

I was lucky enough to swim with wild manatees in Florida. Gentle, curious creatures.

Marie Haggman
Marie Haggman

October 19, 2018

I cried when I read what you wrote about Una. Cried of sadness for the pain and suffering she has endured for so long time, and cried of joy reading about you all helping and nursing her back to health. I send my love and compassion to all you fantastic people helping the world become a better place!! Marie in Sweden

Edwin
Edwin

October 19, 2018

So sad…. 😢😢😢

But I’m happy for her now. 🤗🤗🤗

Thank you 4Ocean. 👍👍🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏

Linda Tomlinson
Linda Tomlinson

October 19, 2018

Thank you, 4Ocean , for adopting this beautiful creature! She has had quite a struggle in her life and deserve all of our support.

Emma Lou Tracy
Emma Lou Tracy

October 19, 2018

I think saving UNA is wonderful. If everyone would be more responsible with our resources we would all be better off.

Patricia Schanski
Patricia Schanski

October 19, 2018

I love Una! :) I am so glad she was finally rescued !
( Are her babies with her or out in the wild now?)
Thank you for all of your great work for our oceans and wildlife!

Sonya
Sonya

October 19, 2018

What a great thing 4ocean is doing. Our household supports your cause!!! Manatees have always had a special spot in my heart. Thanks for the help with this beautiful creature Una!

Lori
Lori

October 19, 2018

Such a sad story with a happy ending. How many suffer the same tragic circumstances & don’t survive! Way to go 4Ocean team, Una is just beautiful!

Sandi Schwarm
Sandi Schwarm

October 19, 2018

Welcome to the 4ocean family, Una !

Shelley Hood
Shelley Hood

October 19, 2018

Heart wrenching, and heartwarming to hear Luna’s story. My family has had up close and personal experience with these lovely, trusting creatures and they’re magnificent. We all need to keep doing he work of reducing plastics in the ocean and cleanup when necessary.

D Cooke
D Cooke

October 19, 2018

Thank you.

Tia
Tia

October 19, 2018

I am so pleased to be a member for this cause.
Welcome UNA.
You all are doing great work

Dina Becker
Dina Becker

October 19, 2018

I’m so happy you were able to save Una!! She’s beautiful!! I’ve bought several bracelets. I’ll buy more as soon as I can!! Thank you for the work you do!!

Tracy
Tracy

October 19, 2018

Thank you so much to everyone that helped save beautiful Una! This is one of the reasons I stopped eating seafood, I don’t want to be part of any chance of fish nets in our waters. Best wishes to Una and her babies!!

Davina Forrester
Davina Forrester

October 19, 2018

Amazing. Love you guys for everything you do to help our Aquatic Earth. <3 ~Twin Daviniet.

Debbie Houser
Debbie Houser

October 19, 2018

Good story, sometimes sea world gets a not so good rap

Carolina
Carolina

October 19, 2018

Good morning from the land downunder!

My name is Caro, and I am an ocean activist and marine biologist, currently working for a reef ecology project in the Northern regions of Australia on the Great Barrier Reef. I have seen many reefs and local spots damaged and degrated over the years as well as its creatures that inhabit the ocean. It is so reassuring and beautiful to see that there are people out there still caring for the oceans and our landscapes and will do anything and everything in their power to keep it safe.

Shoutout to you guys for saving Una! Thank you for all that you do. I have purchased your bracelets in the past and look forward to collecting them all in the future _

Keep fighting hard and strong. I know I am and am happy to live on the reef and working to save it and preserve it all each day.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Regards,

Carolina**

Kris Ray
Kris Ray

October 19, 2018

Pretty Una!!!! So glad to see you healthy.

Paige Kier
Paige Kier

October 19, 2018

Enjoy your new life without the nasty fishing line binding you. So so happy you have been adopted. ❤️

Jann Gray
Jann Gray

October 19, 2018

This is such an important cause that I can ‘see’ where contributions go and how they impact our waters and our world. Please keep the stories coming.
contributions go.

Dennis Barrington
Dennis Barrington

October 19, 2018

It is a shame that more people do not make a more concerned effort to watch out for all of God’s Creatures. It just takes so little time and effort to HELP!

Karen Siegel
Karen Siegel

October 19, 2018

I’m a Manatee! I love her. Thank you so much for taking her under your wing. If there is anything I can do to help her, I will do whatever I can. I babysit for free!!

Her story is truly horrifying and awesome at the same time. The fact that she had to endure such a horrible experience but that you have opened your arms and made a home for her to be loved and appreciated. God bless you all.

Noreen
Noreen

October 19, 2018

Please help in supporting this wonderful cause. Anyway you can. It is so worth it.
Thank you so much.

Leslie Mondragon
Leslie Mondragon

October 19, 2018

What a heartbreaking story! Thank GOD it had a very happy ending. Congrats to 4Ocean and Una!
I will wear my “Manatee Bracelet” proudly and have now named it “UNA”

Maureen Gryson
Maureen Gryson

October 19, 2018

SOOOOO HAPPY for Una and congratulations on her adoption…I LOVE your company and I LOVE what you stand for! #4Ocean #💖manatees

John
John

October 19, 2018

What an extroadinary story! God bless Una, thankfully she didnt lose her flippers. We need to do everything we can to keep her and other marine life safe.

Jenifer White
Jenifer White

October 19, 2018

I was in a car wreck when I was 17 that resulted with the amputation of my left arm. A good friend of mine nick named me Una. ❤️ This story gave me the feels. Thank you for saving her!!! Go Una!!!

Darlene
Darlene

October 19, 2018

Congratulations on your adoption of Una. She is absolutely adorable, and her scars ARE a constant reminder. All she ever wanted to do was live her live and have her babies. Maybe now, she can

Carol Lyons
Carol Lyons

October 19, 2018

How wonderful that 4Ocean is spreading the word on how to help manatees, especially here in Florida. I appreciate your telling the story of Una—a real success story because of the dedicated folks that rescue and rehabilitate these beloved animals. I’ve just purchased 9 bracelets for gifts—knowing that 9 pounds of trash will be pulled and that 10% of your net profits will go to Save the Manatee Club is a great deal. It’s nice that you featured Wayne Hartley in one of your videos. He has worked tirelessly for the manatees of Blue Spring for years. Thanks for all you do!

Nathalie Gagnon
Nathalie Gagnon

October 19, 2018

These are the cutest pictures of the magnificent manetees, please continue your great work and I hope you where not too affected by the recent hurricane, I love Florida and if I can be of any help just contact me

Sally Baquet
Sally Baquet

October 19, 2018

This is amazing and only makes me love you all more..keep up the good work and it’s awesome Una is part of the family.

Janice Cuschieri
Janice Cuschieri

October 19, 2018

This is so tragic and brought tears to my eyes reading the story. I’m so happy it has a happy ending. Thank you to ALL parties involved for helping Una recover and giving her a second chance at life.

-Janice Cuschieri
(Toronto, ON. Canada)

A. Lukkes
A. Lukkes

October 19, 2018

Hello Una, I,m sooooo happy for you❤️❤️❤️❤️.

Mary Ann Theresa
Mary Ann Theresa

October 19, 2018

I just received my Manatee bracelet! It makes my heart so happy to see the wonderful work you are doing! I love Una’s sweet face!

Maria Ajroudi
Maria Ajroudi

October 19, 2018

At least a happy story about saving our planet and her creatures … hope it will continue…

VFanRJ
VFanRJ

October 19, 2018

Such a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie
Carrie

October 19, 2018

Good to hear she’s doing so well:) Manatees are AWESOME spent half my life growing up in Naples-Cape Coral area!

Sandra Phillips
Sandra Phillips

October 19, 2018

So you have a bracelet

pauline thornton
pauline thornton

October 19, 2018

I love the work you do if you needs volunteer I’m all yours.

Naomi Fassler
Naomi Fassler

October 19, 2018

Properly disposing of all waste is such a simple act yet people don’t do it. Begin by teaching your children to care about the world we share with many other creatures like Luna and help make our ocens pristine.

Kathleen Hawk
Kathleen Hawk

October 19, 2018

Una is adorable and did not deserve three years of her life spent in agony. Thanks so much for caring for her and giving her a new chance at a healthy life.

Claudia Gemmer
Claudia Gemmer

October 19, 2018

I am so happy to learn of Una’s care, her recovery and her ADOPTION. Thank you for being her advocate. I am very upset by the plastic pollution occurring on our planet. I will continue to support 4Ocean. When I am wearing my bracelets, I share about the plastic pollution in our oceans. Many times people are not aware of this problem. I then tell them about 4Ocean and advised them to go on the internet and find you. It is my intention to help people understand the many difficulties our planet faces and ultimately what they will face if they are not more proactive about the great starship we live on.

Jennifer Rader-Quigley
Jennifer Rader-Quigley

October 19, 2018

I am so very sorry that Una had to endure such hardship. I am grateful for your organization and the help that has been given to Una as well as her happy adoption!

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