Jul 15, 2011

Chessie the manatee pays return visit to Chesapeake Bay

(Baltimore Sun) Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee that's visited the Chesapeake Bay at least twice over the past 17 years, is back again.
The male "sea cow" was sighted Tuesday in a marina harbor in Calvert County, according to Jennifer Dittmar, stranding coordinator for the National Aquarium.
Photos taken of him on the water's surface were sent to biologists at the U.S. Geological Survey for analysis, and they confirmed the gentle, slow-swimming mammal's identity from distinctive markings on his body. Continued