Ilya the manatee still visiting the bay

The National Aquarium has confirmed another sighting of manatee “Ilya”, reported yesterday in Perryville by Town Commissioner Gary Tennis. The animals appears to be moving freely between the top of the Bay and the Susquehanna River.

Take a look at our video of “Ilya”! The footage was taken by the Harve de Grace police department when he was first spotted on Saturday.  

The Aquarium and the Coast Guard will continue to keep tabs on Ilya to ensure his safety and monitor his movements. The Aquarium reminds local boaters and others at play around the Bay to be aware that the animal is still in the vicinity, and to use common sense practices to keep themselves and the manatee safe. Sightings should be reported to the Maryland Natural Resources Police Stranding Hotline: 1-800-628-9944.


4 Responses to “Ilya the manatee still visiting the bay”

  1. 1 Angie Larson July 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    How in the world did this “little” creature make it up this far? Neat to see, but I do hope he makes it safely back where he belongs. Thanks for the videos!

  2. 2 Sam Niezgoda August 6, 2009 at 8:50 am


  3. 3 JoAn August 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    What is the long-term prognosis for the manatee? Do you expect that it will be able to stay here? Any plans for returning Ilya to Florida?

  4. 4 National Aquarium August 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    JoAn, there have been no recent sitings of Ilya but officials continue to monitor the area, and are asking the public to be mindful when out on boats in the area.

    In these situations, officials will only intervene is the animal is in danger, or in poor health. We believe Ilya was here feeding and has probably continued on her way. Local water temperatures are ok for manatees during this time of year.

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