SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Locals sighted an endangered manatee on South Padre Island on Sunday.
The manatee was spotted at the boat slips at Liam’s Steak House & Oyster Bar, which is located on the bayside near West Tarpon Street.
The mammal, sometimes called sea cows, was seen drinking water from a hose at the edge of a boat slip.
Cameron County Marine Extension Agent Tony Reisinger told ValleyCentral that manatees may come to the South Padre Island region due to people spilling fresh water into the beaches.
Reisinger said many have mentioned to locals and visitors to stop this type of behavior as it is dangerous to these types of sea creatures. He said fresh water is “addicting” to them.