Manatee found dead in Cape May County

Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. ( Jim Reid/USFWS )

Officials on Tuesday were 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.


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The center suspects the manatee had been dead for at least a month.

The Rutgers Cape Shore Laboratory is helping with the investigation.

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