(November 04, 2016) --

November is Manatee Awareness Month. To highlight the month, the Manatee Sighting Network is announcing the soon to be released children's book, Magnolia Manatee's Long Journey Home.

The book written by Mobile area photographer and writer Simone Lipscomb is based on the true story of Magnolia the Manatee. Magnolia was the first manatee in Alabama history to be successfully rescued after she became stranded in the cold Alabama waters in January of 2015.

Magnolia was rescued by DISL/MSN staff, partners from SeaWorld in Orlando, and volunteers from the Magnolia Springs community. Thanks to rapid response and care by SeaWorld staff, Magnolia was rehabilitated and released back into her natural habitat in spring 2015.

Magnolia the Manatee photo courtesy Simone Lipscomb.

DISL/MSN researchers monitored Magnolia for several months after her release to ensure she was doing well. Magnolia's story was featured on Sea Rescue Episode 516, which originally aired in March 2016.

Lipscomb, a long-time DISL/MSN volunteer, was an integral member of Magnolia's rescue team and felt her story should be shared over and over again.

Lipscomb's book is illustrated by Linda-Bell Schorer. Release is planned for later this year, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to support DISL/MSN.

Copies are available for pre-order for $15 by contacting DISL/MSN at manatee@disl.org. Individuals or businesses are invited to sponsor publication of the book and will receive special signed copies. For more information on how you can support this project and manatee research at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, visit manatee.disl.org or follow us on Facebook.