Manatees Pay Surprise Visit to North Carolina Coast Guard Station
"The crew at Station Oregon Inlet was welcomed by friendly visitors today!"
Manatees in North Carolina? You better believe it!
While it's not quite as crazy as one turning up in a flooded backyard, a Coast Guard crew on the Outer Banks was appropriately surprised to see two "friendly" manatees on Saturday.
A photo shared by the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet of two manatees that swam up to its basin in Nags Head is making considerable waves on Facebook.
"The crew at Station Oregon Inlet was welcomed by friendly visitors today!" the Coast Guard wrote alongside the photo (below). "Throughout the course of our duties we see plenty of marine life. However, it's not every day that we get to see manatees enter our basin!"
Though manatees, which require water that is at least 68 degrees, are usually found in Florida, they can live as far north as Virginia during the summer. Once listed as endangered, the manatee population has bounced back since the 1990s. As their numbers swell in Florida, more have begun making their way north.
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While you might be tempted to feed or even pet one of these sweet creatures, keep in mind that they are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, meaning it's illegal to get within 50 yards of them in a watercraft.