Searchers fail to find manatee at Kiln

Would-be rescuers have been unable to find a manatee that was spotted in the Jourdan River in the Kiln area.

A team from the Gulfport-based Institute for Marine and Mammal Studies searched for the marine mammal earlier this month.

The organization’s executive director, Moby Solangi, told The Sun Herald that the group will respond again if the manatee is seen. The manatee was spotted on Jan. 4. Solangi said pictures indicate the manatee was sick and in distress.

Solangi said an IMMS team searched Jourdan River canals throughout the day on Jan. 5. He said the manatee is out of habitat and should be in warmer waters in Florida this time of year. […]