Manatee in Chesapeake Bay stuns researchers

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November is Manatee Awareness Month, and researchers in the Chesapeake Bay have found themselves unusually aware of them. Earlier this month, they were shocked when they spotted a 7-foot manatee (Trichechus manatus) swimming in the bay. They believe it likely traveled from Florida, getting caught in the Gulf Stream and following the coast to the Chesapeake Bay. But they worry the manatee will get stuck in the cold weather. Although manatees may be found swimming as far as north as South Carolina in summer months, they winter in Florida. Read more at The Virginian Pilot.