Good news! Just as the Marine Mammal Stranding Center was losing hope, Ilya the manatee has been rescued! 1010Wins reports he is currently "headed back to Florida aboard a transport jet after being rescued from murky waters near a New Jersey oil refinery."

Ilya was found on Monday and has been recuperating since — it was kept a secret until now so that the media wouldn't create a stressful frenzy for him! This morning he got on board his flight at Atlantic City International Airport this morning, and is reportedly headed for "an undisclosed military base Thursday morning." Top secret manatee mission!

The Star-Ledger has some video of the rescue, and hopefully Ilya is enjoying the warmer climate in Florida right now.