Manatee Found Dead In Back Bay

A manatee that made a rare visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast last fall may be dead.

A manatee was found dead in some shallow water in Biloxi's back bay Sunday. A team from the marine life oceanarium is examining the animal, looking for information to determine the cause of death.

It's very unusual to find a manatee in this area, so experts believe it may be the same one that was spotted here in October.

"In order for us to make a determination like that, we would have to see pictures of the animal they saw a couple months ago and see if any of the scarring patterns are similar to the animal that we found," said Jeff Siegel with the oceanarium.

If you have pictures or video of the manatee spotted in Gulfport, please contact the Marine Life Oceanarium.