PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A manatee that made a uncommon go to to Rhode Island has been discovered lifeless offshore, bringing a tragic finish to the marine mammal’s curious look in New England.
The West Indian manatee is a delicate, plant-eating large typically referred to as a sea cow that usually lives within the hotter waters of the Southeastern states and the Caribbean. They will weigh as a lot as 1,200 kilos (550 kilograms) and may dwell so long as 65 years.
The Rhode Island animal was first seen in early September and was the primary one noticed within the state since round 2010, stated Sarah Callan, supervisor of the animal rescue program at Mystic Aquarium.
The animal was discovered lifeless between Prudence Island and Hog Island on Thursday afternoon, Callan stated. The manatee was in a complicated state of decomposition and it gained’t be attainable to find out a reason for dying, Callan stated.
“We’re all so saddened,” Callan stated.
The chilly waters of New England in fall aren’t appropriate for manatees, Callan stated. It’s attainable the animal caught to hotter waters in coastal bays whereas it was right here, and that prevented it from with the ability to get again to its southern habitat earlier than experiencing chilly stress, Callan stated.
The manatee had been seen in coastal areas, resembling Quonochontaug Pond, a saltwater pond within the southern a part of Rhode Island.
There have been six recorded sightings of a manatee in Rhode Island and Connecticut waters since 1995, Callan stated. Callan added appearances of the animals might turn into extra frequent sooner or later.