Thursday, October 22, 2009

Possible Manatee Sighting in Bayonne

Photo by USFWS

Someone reported seeing a manatee in the Kill Van Kull near the Atlas Yacht Club in Bayonne, but it's unconfirmed. The caller made the report to the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday night at about 8:30. The Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) were called in, but they were unable to find the manatee and confirm if it was Ilya. Chuck Underwood from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said, "The sighting was only for two or three minutes so, although it seems likely, we can't confirm it." As temperatures fall, Bob Schoelkopf, director of the MMSC, warns that "we're running out of time."

We're not surprised Ilya would be curious about the Kill Van Kull in Bayonne, but we hope he heads south to warmer waters soon.