Manatee spotted at Oregon Inlet in Nags Head

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WSET) -- A manatee has been spotted in Nags Head at the Oregon Inlet Marina, according to the National Parks Service.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore said the West Indian Manatee was most likely moving north because of warmer temperatures in the water and food.

Manatees are herbivores and prefer water that is shallow and slow-moving, such as the type seen around inlets and estuaries.

The mammals were reclassified from Endangered to Threatened in 2017 under the Endangered Species Act.

Watercraft collisions, poaching and loss of habitat remain major threats to this species’ survival.

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