After seventeen years, Manatee reappears
Jul 26, 2011
Seventeen years ago, in 1994, the Chesapeake Bay was visited by a manatee that was hundreds of miles from its home in Florida. Because Manatees require warmer water temperatures, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the U.S. Coast guard had to rescue the animal from the cooler waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It was researched at a local aquarium and eventually, "Chessie," the manatee, was shipped back to SeaWorld in Orlando along with a radio tag so biologists could keep track of him in the open water, The Washington Post reports. Now it seems that Chessie has made a triumphant return.
Cathy A. Beck, a wildlife biologist for the USGS told the news source, "It was a huge surprise. I get a lot of questions every year - 'Have you seen Chessie? Have you seen Chessie?' The answer for 10 years has been, 'No, sorry.'"
For years, biologists for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) had been following Chessie via the radio tag, and finally they caught a glimpse of him on Friday, July 15, when the animal came up for a breath of air in the same location!
Manatees are graceful swimmers, even with their 1,000-pound frames, according to the National Geographic. They swim up to 50 miles a day and can stay submerged underwater anywhere between three and 15 minutes at a time.