MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. -- SeaWorld's animal rescue team traveled to Merritt Island this week to return a manatee to the open waters.
According to a release from the Orlando water park, Kahula, a manatee who weighs close to 900 pounds, was put back into the wild Thursday.
The manatee was rescued August 8, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, due to a plastic band entanglement that may have been around his body for 3 or 4 years.
SeaWorld wildlife authorities said the band was deeply embedded into the manatee's skin, but did not compromise any vital organs.
During Kahula's time at SeaWorld Orlando, he had the band removed, received supportive care with antibiotic treatments, and was monitored until his return.
The release is one of many that SeaWorld Orlando has undertaken.
According to park records covering a 45-year history, the rescue teams have been on top of the job.
SeaWorld officials say more than 20,000 animals have been rescued by their experts.