Manatee found dead in southern New Jersey

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine what caused the death of a manatee in southern New Jersey. The 11-foot male was found along the Delaware Bay in Middle Township in Cape May County on Sunday. Manatees usually are found in Florida's warmer coastal waters. Jay Pagel of the New Jersey-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center tells WCAU-TV usually when manatees are found deceased in this area it is somehow associated with cold water. The center suspects the manatee has been dead for at least a month. The Rutgers Cape Shore Laboratory is helping with the investigation.

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