Okee the manatee released back into the wild

  • Okee rests her head on a fellow rescued manatee at the Miami Seaquarium on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After completing her three-month rehabilitation at the Miami Seaquarium Okee was released back into the wild. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Miami Sequarium team moves Okee the manatee onto a tarp on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. They'll then slide her into a waiting box which will be lifted by a crane to a truck, and then it's on to Okeechobee! MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The all-woman Miami Seaquarium team slides Okee the manatee into a sling before sending her on her way back to the wild on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Okee was found floating lethargically in Harney Pond Canal near Lake Okeechobee. She was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • After completing her three-month rehabilitation at the Miami Seaquarium, Okee, the 480-pound female manatee, was released back into the wild on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The team carries a tarp with Okee the manatee inside it to the waiting container to return the manatee to Lake Okeechobee on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • After completing her three-month rehabilitation at the Miami Seaquarium, Okee, the 480-pound female manatee, was released back into the wild on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The container with Okee inside is moved by crane to the waiting truck that will take the 480-pound manatee back to Okeechobee on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • UM student Cylia Civelek records vocals coming from Okee the manatee as she sits in a truck on her way back to the canal she was rescued in three months ago on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Okee sniffs at the hand of Keiko Hirokawa, who notes the temperature of her breath. The manatee was on her way back to Lake Okeechobee, where she was found swimming lethargically 3 months ago. Okee gained 150 pounds in her stay at the Seaquarium. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF