Authorities: 11-foot manatee found dead along Delaware Bay in Middle Township

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Officials are trying to determine what caused the death of a manatee in Cape May County.

The 11-foot male was found along the Delaware Bay in Middle Township 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.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

 

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