Rare tropical visitor cruises by Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head

By on July 22, 2015

The manatee was spotted Tuesday. (JennettesPier.net)

Although it’s not the first time, a rare specimen was spotted in the ocean at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head on Tuesday when a manatee came cruising by.

You’re more likely to see manatees in Florida, but they occasionally wander into North Carolina waters.

One was spotted at Jennette’s Pier last summer, and another was seen in Dough’s Creek and Shallowbag Bay around Manteo several years ago.

According to a post on the pier’s Facebook page, there are two sub-species of West Indian manatees: Antillean manatees and Florida manatees. The first group inhabits parts of Central and South America, and the latter inhabits the southeastern United States, particularly Florida.

During summer, Florida manatees are known to migrate north as they follow the warming waters.

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