Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 25th, 2006
Remember the Hudson River, New York sightings of a manatee named Tappie?
Well, incredibly, near Memphis, the above pictured manatee has appeared in the city’s Mud Island Harbor.
For more than four hours Monday [October 23, 2006], Memphis Police Harbor Patrol and officials with the Tennessee State Wildlife Resources Agency tracked the 6- to 8-foot-long, 1,000-pound mammal after they received a call about a strange creature in the harbor.
"These old fishermen spotted it two days ago and called the zoo to report that they had seen a prehistoric animal, a Loch Ness monster or something," said Lt. Ed Vidulich with the Memphis Police Harbor Patrol. "When we got the call about it Monday I said it couldn’t be a manatee — a body maybe, but not a manatee."
But a manatee, indeed, it was.