Dead man­a­tee found float­ing near Dun­dalk

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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.

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