- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A manatee has been seen in Ocean City for the first time in nine years.

Jennifer Ditmar of the National Aquarium tells the Daily Times of Salisbury (https://delmarvane.ws/1MdF42i ) that the mammal was spotted July 12 near the city’s Coast Guard station. Two days later, a manatee was photographed in the Chesapeake Bay.

Ditmar says at least one manatee is reported in the Chesapeake Bay, but Ocean City sightings are much less frequent.

Manatees are listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union. Human activity, and in particular powerboat collisions and development, are believed to be partly responsible.

Ditmar says manatees travel up from Florida in warm summer months.

Aquarium officials suggest that anyone who sees a manatee to give the animal its space and call the aquarium at 410-576-3880.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., https://www.delmarvanow.com/


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