Manatee

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A manatee was seen Nov. 25 in Lake Palourde near Lake End Park in Morgan City. (Photos Courtesy Jennie Berglof Epperson)

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The manatee surfaces in Lake Palourde at Morgan City. Manatees sightings are common in Louisiana, but not around Morgan City.

Manatee spotted in Morgan City lake

An unusual visitor was spotted in Lake Palourde relaxing in the marina area of Lake End Park.
The visitor seen Nov. 25 was a 5-foot long, roughly 330-pound manatee, said Toney Wade, lead investigator with the Louisiana Animal Cruelty Investigation Task Force.
The manatee was on the small side for an adult. According to nationalgeographic.com, manatees typically range from 8 to 13 feet and weigh from 440 to 1,300 pounds.
Manatees are also known as “sea cows” and federally protected as an endangered species.

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