Florida Manatee Blazing Northern Trail on the Delaware River!
Photo Courtesy of Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources
One of my manatee buddies was spotted blazing a trail up the Delaware River, about 35 miles north of Philadelphia! Now that it’s mid-summer, the waters outside of Florida are much warmer. As a result, any adventurous manatees will leave their winter home in the sunshine state and visit places as far north as Massachusetts and as far west as Texas.
The north-bound manatee was last seen swimming in the Delaware near Crosswick Creek which is located near Bordentown, New Jersey. This could actually be the same manatee that was spotted swimming the Chesapeake last week, some 60 nautical miles to the south.
Mr. Chuck Underwood, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Jacksonville, Florida said, “It’s just a tourist. Just let it do its thing and the animal will likely be just fine on its own.”
I have no doubt like me; my manatee buddy is definitely heading north to visit the wonderful area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He’ll then do some summersaults, enjoy the scenery, and then he’ll turn around to begin the twelve hundred mile journey south back home to Florida!
If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee