Long-‘Extinct’ Marine Mammal Spotted In Gulf Near St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (April 1, 2014) - Officials have confirmed the sighting of a rare marine mammal off the coast of St. Pete/Clearwater last week, a combination dolphin/manatee---known as a "manaphin"---that scientists had thought to be long-extinct.

The sighting of the playful creature, which bears resemblance to both the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), has scientists rethinking extinction claims---and locals and visitors clamoring for photos of the gentle herbivore.