Manatee Spotted in the Chesapeake Bay

A manatee was sighted in the Chesapeake Bay last night.

Published July 15, 2015

The animal was sighted in St. George Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River near Waldorf, Maryland. 

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While it may seem like an odd occurrence to see these animals in our area, it’s actually no coincidence. In the warmer summer months, manatees typically travel up the East Coast from Florida. The Chesapeake Bay is full of sea grasses, choice food for any manatee meal.

As temperatures begin to drop in September, these migrating manatees will begin to head back to the warmer waters available along the southern Atlantic coast. 

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These animals are listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Species. Their vulnerability status is due in some part to human activity — specifically, powerboat collisions and residential and commercial development along rivers and waterways. As they visit our area, we need YOUR help to keep them safe! 

  • If you spot a manatee, please give the animal its space and call the National Aquarium’s stranding hotline: (410) 576-3880. 
  • It’s helpful to our teams to see a photo confirming the animal’s condition and location. You can share those photos by either email or tweeting our Manager of Animal Rescue, Jenn Dittmar!
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