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Manatee seen in the Hudson River!
Most manatees live in Florida and sightings even in Virginia are considered rare.
Watchers tracked this one last month as it swam north — first near Delaware, then Maryland, then New Jersey. Saturday, it was seen at 23rd Street in Manhattan, then later at 125th Street in Harlem.
"On both occasions it was observed logging at the surface adjacent to the bulkhead and appeared to be heading farther north up the river," said Kim Durham, rescue program director for the Riverhead Foundation, a nonprofit group devoted to marine mammals.
Manatees are an endangered marine mammal. Florida wildlife experts counted 3,116 individuals in their annual survey in February.
Gray, pudgy and whiskered, the 60 million-year-old species is a cousin of the elephant. A herbivore, it probably evolved from an animal that waded in water to eat plants.
A manatee was seen near Montauk, on the eastern tip of Long Island, in 1998, but this may be a first for the Hudson.