Info: Manatee visits New jersey

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 9 Aug 1995 11:51:40

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Florida manatee visits New Jersey
 
     ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (UPI) -- An unusual summer visitor has joined the
throngs of tourists at the Jersey Shore -- a manatee that travelled more
than 1,000 miles from Jacksonville, Fla.
   The same manatee got as far as the Chesapeake last year and was
transported back to Florida, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service said Wednesday.
   "His migration pattern has been a real mystery to our biologists,"
Angela Graziano of the fish and wildlife office in Pleasantville said.
   She said that unusually warm water and a good food supply could
explain at least some of the solo journey.
   The 3-meter, 12-hundred pound manatee, a male believed to be between
20 and 30 years old, has been spotted several times recently near
Atlantic City.
   Graziano said manatees are an endangered species and anyone who
sights the animal should stay out of its way and should refrain from
feeding it, getting in the water with it or trying to touch it.
   The manatee was captured in the Chester River in Maryland on Oct. 1
and released in protected waters in Florida with a satellite tag. It was
retagged in January.
   Graziano said the manatee moved north with other members of its
species to the Florida-Georgia border in early May but then left the
others behind for a speedy northward trek, travelling more than 500
miles in 19 days to Virginia.
   She described manatees as very social animals who normally stay in
their own waters, moving a few miles north in the summer as the weather
gets warmer. But this one appears to be a lone wolf -- or manatee.