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July 24, 2009

Another manatee sighting


Ilya is paying social calls along the Susquehanna River, it seems. The National Aquarium confirmed another sighting on Wednesday in Perryville.

Town Commissioner Gary Tennis spotted the marine mammal from Florida, the aquarium reports, and took the pictures you see here.

The aquarium also provided a helpful aerial photo you can see below that shows where the sightings have occurred. I'm not sure if the "unconfirmed" sighting July 20 on the map is the same one aquarium folks had told me about -- of a novice sailor being startled when what she thought was a manatee surfaced next to her boat.  If so, I'd thought that happened Sunday, instead of Monday.

The aquarium says it and the Coast Guard plan to monitor the manatee's movements to ensure its safety.  They ask that boaters in the upper Chesapeake Bay be alert and slow down, especially when in the vicinity of recent sightings.

Any more sightings of manatees (or dolphins or other large marine animals) please call the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police stranding hotline, 1-800-628-9944.  Also, let us know here at B'more Green, and we'll share any info, pics or video.  But please, don't get too close, for the animals' sake.

Posted by Tim Wheeler at 5:50 AM | | Comments (2)


the photograph seems to be reversed

tw: which one, and why do you say that?

Havre de Grace is west of Perryville.
The second sighting should be on the left side of the photo.

TW: The photo is oriented correctly - things just look differently compared to a map. Perryville is east-northeast across the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace. The second confirmed manatee sighting plotted by the aquarium isn't in Perryville proper, but in the general vicinity.

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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