|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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Chessie Cold-water creature It was the summer of 1995. All along the coast of New England children raced into the water and splashed back out, yelling that it was just too cold. Then they plunged in again because it was summer.A native Florida swimmer, the size of a small rowboat, also tested the same shoreline waters that August. This amazing warm-water mammal, looking like a walrus without tusks or a giant swimming potato, was a West Indian manatee. It lived in Florida. But this manatee seemed to want to get as far away from home as it could. And it had swum steadily north all the way from Florida about 1,500 miles, to Rhode Island.Something in the Rhode Island waters must have finally given the manatee a shiver. At a coastal region called Point Judith, known for its lighthouse beacon, the manatee turned around to begin the long swim home. Some time between Sept. 23 when it was near Virginia, and Nov. 16 when it was seen near Jacksonville, it had arrived back in Florida. And so this manatee known as Chessie officially entered the history books as the longest-traveled manatee in the world'some 3,000 miles up and back.