Manatees spotted in Moss Point bayou

Manatees spotted in Moss Point bayou

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Call it manatee Monday for the summer campers at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. On the first day of the middle school camp, the kids spotted three manatees meandering in Rhodes Bayou in Moss Point, just off the Audubon Center's pier.

Mark LaSalle, with the Audubon Center, said the students were gathered on the pier getting a lesson on water quality when one shouted, "Hey, what's that?" Turns out it was an adult and two calves making their way toward the Escatawpa River.

Center volunteer Dr. Pete Blank captured video of the manatees at the Dantzler Street Bridge shortly after the students spotted them.\

Manatees are more commonly found in Florida waters, but LaSalle said the giant sea animals have been spotted in the Rhodes Bayou and Escatawpa River several times in recent weeks.

The manatee mania wasn't on the week's agenda, LaSalle said, but he's glad the week started with a little extra excitement.

"It's going to be hard to top," LaSalle said.

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