July 18, 2011
Welcome back, old friend. In a summer of discontent across the United States from the record heat wave that's plagued much of the country to the icy deficit reduction talks in Washington, it's good to see a familiar (and might we add unflappable) figure has returned to the Land of Pleasant Living. Let us rejoice in the return of Chessie, the celebrity manatee recently sighted in Calvert County. Thanks to Morgan State University's Estuarine Research Center, the 1,200-pound marine mammal has been positively identified as none other than the one first seen in the Chesapeake Bay 17 years ago. Back in 1994, Chessie's first appearance caused such an uproar - and raised such breathless concern that he wouldn't survive as local water temperatures dropped in the fall - that he was "rescued" and air-lifted back to his native Florida on a U.S. Coast Guard C-130.
July 15, 2011
Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee that has visited the Chesapeake Bay at least twice over the past 17 years, is back. The well-traveled mammal has not been seen since 2001, and his resurfacing is making waves among marine scientists and bay folk alike. "I wanted to let you know that the [U.S. Geological Survey] identified the manatee from Wednesday, and it's a familiar face to us … it's Chessie!," said Jennifer Dittmar, stranding coordinator for the National Aquarium, in an email to a Calvert Marine Museum staffer, confirming the animal's return.
April 17, 2010
The badly decayed body of a manatee was found washed up by the shore of the Patuxent River last week, apparently the first such discovery in Maryland, officials at the Calvert Marine Museum said. According to officials, the dead aquatic animal was found Monday evening by exhibits technician Skip Edwards a few miles north of the museum in Solomons at the southern tip of Calvert County. The discovery was confirmed by Spephen Godfrey, the museum's curator of paleontology. The large, sea grass-eating mammals are normally found off Florida and other in other warm waters but have been known to occasionally travel northward along the Intercoastal Waterway in summer.
July 24, 2009
Man dies in Laurel crash; passenger critically injured A 20-year-old man died Wednesday after his car veered off a road and hit a utility pole in Laurel, Anne Arundel County police said. Oscar Ivan Patrinos Lara was driving his 1997 Volkswagen Golf with one passenger, Angelica Guillen Tovilla, 18, police said. Lara and Tovilla shared an address on Shiloh Court in Laurel, according to police. Lara was driving north in the 8300 block of Brock Bridge Road about 1:15 p.m. when the car crossed into the oncoming lane, nearly hitting other cars, police said.
July 21, 2009
One of Florida's endangered manatees paid a social call on Havre de Grace over the weekend, swimming close enough to the dock to be filmed and even touched, officials at the National Aquarium said yesterday. Video shot by a town police officer of the visitor was clear enough to allow federal biologists in Florida to identify the manatee as a teenager named Ilya, last sighted near Miami three years ago, said Jennifer Dittmar, coordinator of the Baltimore aquarium's marine animal rescue program.
August 21, 2006
We're asking readers to show us a souvenir from their recent summer travels. Some of the best vacation souvenirs are the least tangible, such as the smell of the sea or the color of a sunrise. But we're not talking about those. We're talking about that manatee snow globe you brought home after a weekend in Key West. Or the sequined sombrero from a cruise to Mexico. The real mementos of a perfect (or not-so-perfect) summer trip. Send us a photo of the souvenir along with a few words about why it's a favorite by Friday.