Manatee near Summit North Marina
ATTENTION BOATERS …. From Fish and Wildlife Enforcement … Officer Field Report, Thursday July 23, 2015:
AFC. Carrow & Seasonal Officer Sawina were dispatched to Summit North Marina this afternoon for the report of a manatee. Upon arrival they were surprised to actually locate one swimming around. AFC. Carrow advises that this manatee is approximately 7 feet long. AFC Carrow wants to remind all boaters to please keep a safe distance away to prevent any injuries to the manatee. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police want to thank Ms. Anderson for sharing these pictures with us.
We have done from shark mania, Portuguese man o wars, and now on to the next “thing” to happen … manatees in Delaware waters. I was hoping one of these would show up this year to add to the weirdness we are seeing in our waters. All boaters please be cautious in this area and surrounding areas. No one wants to see this creature harmed and you never know there could be more than one. They are protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Be on the look out and have a great weekend.
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police urge caution on manatee sightings in C&D Canal
ST. GEORGES, Del. (July 23, 2015) – A manatee that has traveled up the East Coast and was seen Thursday afternoon along the C&D Canal should be given wide berth by boaters for continuing along on its summer vacation, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advised. Boaters on the Canal – or on the Delaware River or Delaware Bay if the manatee opts to swim into either of them – are “asked to maintain proper lookout and be cautious in their navigation,” according to Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, who noted that propeller strikes are the chief cause of manatee mortality in their native Florida habitat. Anyone sighting the manatee or others that may have traveled with it into Delaware are asked to divert their craft to a safe distance from the manatee for enjoying the rare sight of the First State’s hosting this human-friendly and gentle creature of the sea.