Subject: Info: Wandering manatee

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 1 Dec 1995 13:50:45

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Wandering manatee swims into downtown Houston bayou
    HOUSTON, Nov 29 (Reuter) - Local wildlife officials were
keeping watch Wednesday over a wandering manatee that made a
surprise appearance in a bayou near downtown Houston.
     The 8-foot-long manatee, also known as a sea cow, popped up
Tuesday in the polluted waters of Buffalo Bayou and was last
seen Wednesday near the outfall of a wastewater treatment plant,
said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department field supervisor David
     It was the third manatee spotted in Texas waters this year,
which is extremely unusual because the animals' nearest native
ranges are in Florida, 800 miles to the east, and Mexico's
Yucatan Peninsula, 600 miles to the south.
     "I don't know if there's any special significance to that
or not," Hankla said. He said speculation that this year's high
number of hurricanes and tropical storms may have pushed the
manatees far afield was "a reach."
     Narrow, slow-moving Buffalo Bayou snakes through downtown
Houston and becomes the refinery-lined Houston Ship Channel
before flowing into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
     "This manatee apparently swam up the ship channel and took
a wrong turn at the bayou. We're all hoping it can find its way
back out," Hankla said.
     He said it was likely the manatee settled at the wastewater
plant because of the warm waters it pours into the bayou. If the
animal gets caught in cold water, it can catch pneumonia and
die, he said.
     Houston had its first freeze of the season Tuesday night.
     Wildlife officials were making plans to provide lettuce for
the manatee, which eats up to 50 pounds of aquatic plants a day,
and capture it for delivery to a sanctuary in Florida if it
stays in the area for a few more days, Hankla said.