A Dead Manatee Washed Up On Assateague Island
On October 29th a dead manatee washed up on Assateague Island. This is only the second time this has happened in Maryland. Normally when manatees migrate to our waters they return to warmer waters at the end of the summer season when the water cools. This one washed up on the island on October 27th, but high tide took it back out out sea, then it washed back onshore on the 29th. Two manatees were spotted in Maryland this year and we had two spotted in Delaware. One was as far up as the Delaware River in New Jersey in August. A necropsy will be performed on this manatee to find the cause of death and then the skeleton will be donated to the Smithsonian Collection. Manatees are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. If you see a stranded mammal in Maryland you can contact 1-800-628-9944. Delaware has a stranding program as well through the MERR Institute, you can text reports to 302 228 5029.