New ‘Mystery Monkey’ sighting in Pinellas

Photo credit Bob Howard

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The elusive “Mystery Monkey” has once again been spotted in the Tampa Bay area.

If it’s the same monkey we’ve been reporting on, it appears as though the little critter is now moving south through Pinellas County.

The rhesus macaque was first spotted a few weeks ago in the Hudson Beach area, and then spotted in Tarpon Springs, followed by the McMullen Booth Road area of Safety Harbor, and then he was seen in Clearwater. 

On Wednesday, the monkey was spotted at Embree Marine in the Salt Creek area of St. Petersburg.

Bob Howard works at the marina Bob Howard, “It was on the dog shed for not very long, because the dog started barking,” said Howard.

Howard managed to snap a photo of the mysterious monkey.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says if you see the monkey, do not approach or feed it, it can cause serious harm.

Report sightings immediately to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-3922, or during business hours to the Exotic Species Hotline, 888-Ive-Got1. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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