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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Dead manatee found in Md.

By Washington Post editors

Scientists at a museum in Calvert County have discovered the body of a manatee, which washed up on the banks of the Patuxent River.

The manatee was found Monday by scientists from the Calvert Marine Museum. Cindy Driscoll, a veterinarian with the Department of Natural Resources, said the manatee was too decomposed to determine the cause of death, but stress from cold water temperatures is suspected.

Driscoll says the manatee is believed to be the same one that was spotted in the Chesapeake last fall. Driscoll says residents who see live or dead manatees, other marine mammals or sea turtles are asked to call 800-628-9944.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Tags:  Calvert County Maryland, Manatee, Marine mammal, Maryland, Museum  
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