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National Briefing / New Jersey

Florida manatee may be in trouble

October 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The fate of a Florida manatee that wandered into northern New Jersey waters remained unclear Saturday night.

The wayward male -- known as Ilya -- has been stuck near a Linden oil refinery, and officials say plunging temperatures and a lack of food are endangering its life.

Officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey say Ilya was last seen Friday afternoon.

They had hoped to make a rescue attempt that day, but continuing bad weather along the New Jersey shore stymied efforts.

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