Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"New" Manatee in Chesapeake Bay

Miami-Based Manatee Is Spotted in Chesapeake Bay
By Martin WeilWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, July 21, 2009
In an unusual northern foray, a manatee has made its way into the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said last night. The sighting, made Saturday in waters off of Havre de Grace, Md., was confirmed by photos, said Jennifer Dittmar of the National Aquarium. Dittmar, the aquarium's coordinator for the marine animal rescue program, said the photographs also made it possible to identify the manatee by name: Ilya. "That makes this a pretty unique case," she said last night.

28 July 2009, posted by Caryn: Ilya continues to hang out in the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of the Susquhanna River near Perryville, MD. Staff from the National Aquarium in Baltimore are monitoring him closely. Manatees are sighted in the Chesapeake Bay annually during the summer and fall months, often as late as October. It's great to get such good photos of this one, who could be identified by his scars and paddle. Updates, stories, and photos here:


Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D. said...

July 28th, 2009: Ilya still hanging out in the Susquehanna River! See:

Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D. said...

He's near Perryville, MD, at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.