VIDEO: Manatee spotted in Outer Banks canal

Screengrab from video of a manatee getting a drink in Colington. [Video by Crystal Marie Padgett]

A manatee stopped for a drink of fresh hose water Thursday in an Outer Banks canal.


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Usually associated with Florida and its warmer waters, this manatee was captured on video by Crystal Marie Padgett in Colington Harbour. Sightings have become a more regular occurrence locally in the last few years, with the creatures swimming as far north as coastal Virginia during summer migration season, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The manatee is protected marine mammal and any sightings should be reported to the USFWS, the agency says. In 2019, 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.

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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