Dead manatee found floating near Dundalk
A dead manatee was found floating in waters near the Dundalk Marine Terminal, state natural resources officials said Wednesday. Veterinarians are analyzing the carcass to determine how the animal died. While the tropical creatures have been known to wander into the Chesapeake Bay in recent decades, at this time of year, local waters are too cold for them. This is the third time a dead manatee has been found in the bay, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said. “With cooling weather, current Maryland water temperatures are well below a manatee’s minimum survival temperature,” said Cindy Driscoll, the state fish and wildlife veterinarian. Someone spotted the dead manatee in Colgate Creek, a tributary of the Patapsco River, and called the department last week, officials said.