Biologist's search yields no sign of Chessie the manatee

August 02, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A marine biologist for the National Aquarium in Baltimore searched Rock Creek in northern Anne Arundel County and parts of the Patapsco River but found no trace of Chessie, the manatee who first wandered into the Chesapeake Bay in 1994.

The search was prompted by reports from two people who said they had seen the 10-foot-long, 1,500-pound sea cow in the creek Monday, said biologist David Schofield, who flew over the area in a Department of Natural Resources helicopter with a DNR police officer and a video photographer. He said biologists will await reports of more sightings before they launch a full-scale search.

Chessie has been heading north. His last known position was near Morehead City, N.C., July 9, when he became separated from the radio transmitter used to track his movements.

Pub Date: 8/02/96

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