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Cape Cod Manatee Sightings

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 16th, 2009

A Florida manatee, sighted recently at Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, Massachusetts, spent an hour in Rock Harbor on Monday, September 14, 2009, afternoon.

The male manatee was reported about 3 p.m. inside the harbor, checking out the charter fishing boat berths, according to Harbor Master Dawson Farber. “It looks like a giant floating cow,” Farber said.

From photos, the manatee has tentatively identified as a male named Ilysa, out of Miami, according to stranding coordinator Sarah Sharp of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Ilysa was first sighted about 1994, notes reporter Susan Milton of the Cape Cod Times.

Manatees can live for 60 years.

As previously mentioned on Cryptomundo, out-of-place manatee sightings have become more commonplace in the last few years.

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3 Responses to “Cape Cod Manatee Sightings”

  1. dogu4 responds:

    Out of place? How about returning to its original range?
    I think the objective record on animals and their range in North America prior to the arrival of Europeans in siginificant numbers is poorly known, particularly when we take into consideration that many think that aside from the founding of Plymouth colony and Jamestown there was little if any presence along the Atlantic seaboard, but in historical fact there had been quite a bit. We know from the experiences with the sailors in the North Pacific that sustained commercial activity can wipe out even non-targetted though once plentiful species, like the Steller Sea Cow, within only a few decades.
    So,maybe it’s “out of place” in some senses but in other ways it could be simply following the dictates of its instincts which had served its species well over the last few milion years, through periods of great climate change. Something we should consider emulating.

  2. JTTM69 responds:

    Just throwing this out. If global warming is occuring, could this be why we are seeing animals “out of place” as often as we are?

  3. cryptidsrus responds:

    Interesting report.

    Just curious—are the waters off Massasuchetts’s coastline warm enough for a Species like the Manattee???. Just curious.
    I do agree this could be environmentally-related.

    Sounds to me like we have an Explorer here…:)



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