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Va wildlife officials searching for manatee

Monday - 8/12/2013, 1:58pm  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia wildlife officials are searching for a manatee in the Appomattox River.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says it dispatched an officer to the river on Monday to confirm a sighting, a day after a video of the mammal swimming in the river was posted online. The Appomattox River is a major tributary of the James River.

In the U.S., manatees typically reside in Florida, but sometimes head north if the waters there get too warm.

Robert Lee Walker, the agency's division outreach director, says manatee sightings are uncommon in Virginia, but they're not unheard of. If sighted, state officials plan to let the manatee go on its way. Walker says manatees will return to Florida as waters get cooler.


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