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Manatee found dead on banks of McKellar Lake (Memphis Update)
WMC TV - Memphis ^ | December 11, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 12/11/2006 3:46:18 PM PST by mcg2000

A manatee that traveled 720 miles up the Mississippi River to Memphis in October and eluded his would-be rescuers was found dead today on the banks of a lake.

Police said the manatee was discovered around 1:30 p.m. at Lake McKellar, a slackwater lake off the Mississippi River south of Memphis.

The manatee was first spotted in October in the Wolf River harbor just north of the densely populated downtown area. But the animal disappeared a few days later and wasn't seen again until its body was found today.

Sea World officials say they have no plans to return to Memphis at this time. The Memphis Zoo will be working with Harbor Patrol on the recovery.

Manatees, an endangered species, generally prefer warm coastal waters ranging from Alabama to South Carolina, although there were sightings this August along the Eastern coast up to Rhode Island.

In winter months, they usually stay in the coastal waters of Florida, often congregating near the warm-water discharges of power plants.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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KEYWORDS: hugemanatee; hughmanatee; hughthemanatee; manatee; memphis; mississippiriver; ohthehugemanatee

1 posted on 12/11/2006 3:46:22 PM PST by mcg2000
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To: mcg2000

Oh, the huge manatee!


2 posted on 12/11/2006 3:47:45 PM PST by Loyalist (Social justice isn't; social studies aren't; social work doesn't.)
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To: mcg2000

Odd, that he got so lost.


3 posted on 12/11/2006 3:48:21 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Loyalist
The link to an original post by Hal regarding it's being spotted ...
4 posted on 12/11/2006 3:49:21 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: mcg2000

Someone should have told him, "That's not a habitat for you, manatee!"


5 posted on 12/11/2006 3:49:46 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (A good pun is its own reword.)
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To: Loyalist

6 posted on 12/11/2006 3:49:46 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: mcg2000
The link to an original post by Hal regarding it's being spotted ...

A spotted manatee! Those ARE rare!

7 posted on 12/11/2006 3:50:59 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Spot on.)
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To: nmh
Odd, that he got so lost.

My guess is that he was following the new Border Patrol map and thought that he was in Mexico...


8 posted on 12/11/2006 3:52:27 PM PST by StoneGiant (Power without morality is disaster. Morality without power is useless.)
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To: Loyalist
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9 posted on 12/11/2006 3:53:04 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: StoneGiant

This is not an immigration thread, nitwit.


10 posted on 12/11/2006 3:53:05 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: mcg2000

Bush lied Manatees died!!! ping


11 posted on 12/11/2006 3:53:32 PM PST by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: Loyalist; Howlin; MadIvan; snugs; Larry Lucido; onyx; Mrs. Don-o; RebelTex
Oh, the huge manatee!

This has to be the

WORST JOKE I HAVE EVER SEEN ON FR!!!!!

ping...ping...ping....

12 posted on 12/11/2006 3:53:46 PM PST by paulat
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To: COEXERJ145

Why shucks... is there a special handshake or secret password?


13 posted on 12/11/2006 3:54:55 PM PST by StoneGiant (Power without morality is disaster. Morality without power is useless.)
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To: Charles Henrickson


"Damn you all!"
14 posted on 12/11/2006 3:55:31 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: paulat

I second, and I've seen it more than once here. WTF, over?


15 posted on 12/11/2006 3:57:20 PM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: COEXERJ145; StoneGiant
This is not an immigration thread, nitwit.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The majority of Manatees appear to from somewhere besides the US.

I'm guessing he was smuggled aboard a container ship from Southeast Asia to Mexico then crossed the Gulf with the aid of a "Coyote". He only wanted to do the jobs Americans wouldn't. And now he's dead. Must be Bush's fault.

17 posted on 12/11/2006 4:00:59 PM PST by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: mcg2000

Gonna take a lot of BBQ sauce for that guy!


18 posted on 12/11/2006 4:01:10 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: mcg2000

That's one lost manatee!

He could just be stunned or pining for the Floridas.


19 posted on 12/11/2006 4:05:40 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: Rameumptom
"He only wanted to do the jobs Americans wouldn't."

They took our jobs!


20 posted on 12/11/2006 4:12:33 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: mrsmith

Thank you for not saying stuned.

Thank you for not saying his beeber malfunctioned.

Thank you for not saying he made a series navigational error.


21 posted on 12/11/2006 4:14:53 PM PST by sodpoodle (Human destiny - who lost the road map?)
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To: mcg2000

Oh No... they will surely stop writing for Family Guy now...


22 posted on 12/11/2006 4:22:59 PM PST by paudio (WoT is more important than War on Gay Marriage!)
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To: dynachrome

Tastes like chicken ...


23 posted on 12/11/2006 4:23:07 PM PST by catpuppy
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To: Rameumptom

24 posted on 12/11/2006 4:23:30 PM PST by StoneGiant (Power without morality is disaster. Morality without power is useless.)
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To: sodpoodle

Lovely plumage the manatee!


25 posted on 12/11/2006 5:12:57 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: mcg2000

Why do I have the Barbra Manatee tune from Veggie Tales running through my head right now ?


26 posted on 12/11/2006 9:29:06 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: paulat; cabojoe; Conspiracy Guy; Lady Jag; Zacs Mom; glock rocks; MeekOneGOP; sam_paine; ...

"Oh, the huge manatee!
This has to be the
WORST JOKE I HAVE EVER SEEN ON FR!!!!!"

LOL - maybe not.

I heard that this manatee was actually a spy sent by Chinese President Hu to gather top secret data on whether Chinese subs could navigate US waterways. 

Oh, the huge Hu-manatee!

How say you, paulat?   ;^D

Pinging my humor ping list - freepmail me if you want on or off this list.
(This is usually a low volume ping)

27 posted on 12/11/2006 9:59:45 PM PST by RebelTex (Help cure diseases: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1548372/posts)
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To: mcg2000; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...



28 posted on 12/11/2006 10:06:34 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Nancy [Pelosi] was voted the Number one reason why men in San Francisco are homosexuals."-Wikiality)
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To: RebelTex

Groan!


29 posted on 12/11/2006 10:09:43 PM PST by paulat
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To: mcg2000

Thailand?


30 posted on 12/11/2006 10:12:21 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: mcg2000

Poor thing. They are such docile, gentle giants.


32 posted on 12/12/2006 6:03:35 AM PST by rintense (Liberals stand for nothing and are against everything- unless it benefits them.)
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To: mcg2000

Hello Onstar!!!!!!! I'm in a river....somewhere in Tennessee...send help...


33 posted on 12/12/2006 6:06:39 AM PST by RadioCirca1970 (F.U. D.U!)
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To: Charles Henrickson; Slings and Arrows; COEXERJ145; Millee; martin_fierro
Manatee: I didn't kill my wife.

Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: I don't care.


Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: Alright, listen up, people. Our manatee has been on the run for ninety minutes. Average swimming speed over strong Mississippi current barring injuries is 4 miles-per-hour. That gives us a radius of six miles. What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Dr. Richard Kimble--Fugitive Manatee.
34 posted on 12/12/2006 8:03:50 AM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: RebelTex; mcg2000; sully777


MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP


35 posted on 12/12/2006 8:22:05 AM PST by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That's the ugliest cat I've ever seen!


36 posted on 12/12/2006 1:17:03 PM PST by Dont Mention the War (Giuliani '08: Why not p. o. BOTH sides?)
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To: Dont Mention the War
That's the ugliest cat I've ever seen!

You need to see more cats.

37 posted on 12/12/2006 1:29:32 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Nancy [Pelosi] was voted the Number one reason why men in San Francisco are homosexuals."-Wikiality)
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To: Lady Jag

OUCH - that's gotta hurt.


38 posted on 12/12/2006 3:05:33 PM PST by RebelTex (Help cure diseases: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1548372/posts)
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To: Lady Jag

Morbid humor... LOL!


39 posted on 12/12/2006 3:14:22 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: RebelTex
OUCH - that's gotta hurt.

Not anymore!

40 posted on 12/12/2006 4:04:02 PM PST by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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To: Pyro7480
WHEN MANATESS ATTACK!


41 posted on 12/12/2006 4:14:42 PM PST by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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