Manatees Spotted In Jackson County Bayou - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

10/27/03

Manatees Spotted In Jackson County Bayou

A surprising sight has intrigued many people in Jackson County. People who live in the Herring Bayou area, have spotted manatees in the water near their homes. Since last week, they've been calling the Department of Marine Resources to share what they've seen.

Kerry Kuhn has lived in Jackson County all of his life. But this week... he saw something he'd never seen before.

"Friday was the first time I'd seen them. My dog, she got to barking at something, and I couldn't figure out what she was barking at. This woman on the dock stopped me and asked me if we had manatees around here. I told her as far as I know we didn't. I told her she was seeing gators," Kuhn said.

But these weren't alligators in Herring Bayou. They're manatees.

We didn't see any on our two hour search of the bayou, but the officials with the Department of Marine Resources say many people have spotted them. More than 20 people have called in sightings in the last week.

"We get a sighting or two of manatees every year, but what we don't get is a group of manatees. And apparently this is a group of eight to 12 manatees. That's very uncommon," Dr. Keith Mullin with the National Marine Fisheries said.

These mammals are hundreds of miles north of their habitat.

"They migrate from Florida. That's the only closest place I know that's got them round here," Kuhn said.

That makes fisherman like Kuhn a little nervous.

"If you're in a small enough boat, you know what I mean, one 10 or 12 feet long, real narrow, they'd be big enough to turn the boat over."

Or if you're in a larger boat and you hit a manatee, you can kill it easily. That's why the DMR says its mission now is to catch the slow moving mammals and steer them home.

The operation to move the manatees begins Tuesday. If you see a manatee in your area, you can call the DMR at 228-374-5000.

by Claire Nelson

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Army test poses quite a challenge for West Harrison students

    Army test poses quite a challenge for West Harrison students

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:38 AM EST2017-12-14 16:38:03 GMT
    West Harrison students attempt to complete an Army obstacle course (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)West Harrison students attempt to complete an Army obstacle course (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    High school students in Harrison County faced a daunting challenge Thursday while learning more about potential future careers. The US Army set up its touring high school challenge in the West Harrison High School gym to put students to the task of working together in teams to solve problems.

    More >>

    High school students in Harrison County faced a daunting challenge Thursday while learning more about potential future careers. The US Army set up its touring high school challenge in the West Harrison High School gym to put students to the task of working together in teams to solve problems.

    More >>
  • Hancock Co. pantry gets a helping hand from area children

    Hancock Co. pantry gets a helping hand from area children

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:13 AM EST2017-12-14 16:13:21 GMT
    West Hancock Elementary students deliver canned food to the local pantry in time for the holidays (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)West Hancock Elementary students deliver canned food to the local pantry in time for the holidays (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    West Hancock Elementary students have hosted a food drive to benefit the Hancock County Food Pantry for two years.  This morning, nearly 20 students representing kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms delivered the food by school bus. Almost 360 students who attend West Hancock collected canned food items and dry goods for the pantry. In fact, one class brought in more than 200 cans alone.

    More >>

    West Hancock Elementary students have hosted a food drive to benefit the Hancock County Food Pantry for two years.  This morning, nearly 20 students representing kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms delivered the food by school bus. Almost 360 students who attend West Hancock collected canned food items and dry goods for the pantry. In fact, one class brought in more than 200 cans alone.

    More >>
  • Murder suspect now in Ocean Springs jail

    Murder suspect now in Ocean Springs jail

    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:36 AM EST2017-12-14 13:36:52 GMT
    Police say murder suspect Nicky Johns is returning to Mississippi Wednesday. (Photo Source: Ocean Springs Police Department)Police say murder suspect Nicky Johns is returning to Mississippi Wednesday. (Photo Source: Ocean Springs Police Department)

    Nicky Johns now sits in the Ocean Springs municipal jail. The murder suspect returned to Mississippi sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Johns is accused of killing Christopher Rochelle outside the Travel Lodge Motel in Ocean Springs on September 4.

    More >>

    Nicky Johns now sits in the Ocean Springs municipal jail. The murder suspect returned to Mississippi sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Johns is accused of killing Christopher Rochelle outside the Travel Lodge Motel in Ocean Springs on September 4.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly