Manatees make annual appearance on the Outer Banks

Video screen grab of a manatee spotted at Rodanthe Pier last summer.

Manatees stopped to visit the Outer Banks over the holiday weekend, showing up in the canals of Colington.

Usually associated with Florida and its warmer waters, Manatee sightings have become a more regular occurrence locally, with the creatures swimming as far north as coastal Virginia during summer migration season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The manatee is protected marine mammal and any sightings should be reported to the USFWS. Last year, there were several sightings of manatees along the Outer Banks and into Virginia Beach through late fall, with one manatee death in Virginia Beach likely due to cold-water stress.

Usually associated with Florida and its warmer waters, Manatee sightings have become a more regular occurrence locally, with the creatures swimming as far north as coastal Virginia during summer migration season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Please, call to report all manatee sightings, including any live, distressed and dead manatees:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Call: 919-856-4520

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement – North Carolina
Call: 919-856-4786, extension 34

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Call: 800-662-7137

For more information about manatees in North Carolina, click here.

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