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    Friday, August 04, 2006

    Welcome Endangered Cutie!!!


    Give us your tired, your poor, your endangered cuties ...

    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.

    5 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    These have been popping up in a pond behind my Dad's in Virginia. They never used to have them that far north. They occasionally make it several miles inland to his house via the Intracoastal Waterway.

    BTW, manatees are the origin for the mermaid legends. Although, I don't think they look a thing like Daryl Hannah.

    9:39 PM  
    Blogger belledame222 said...

    whoa!

    strange days indeed...

    1:38 AM  
    Blogger Jen said...

    I'm in love with that picture you posted! Somehow I entirely missed this news story. (Btw, this is Jen Burke from Transcending Gender - my Blogger identity hasn't been updated in a bit).

    7:00 AM  
    Blogger gandhi rules said...

    this is so amazing. I can't help but worry for him in the Hudson. dont you think it might be too cold for him the futhur up he goes? Like a mother ringing hands..

    12:08 PM  
    Blogger fiercelyfab said...

    definitely thanks for that wondeful pic!

    7:23 PM  

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