Natural Resources treated two cases of injured manatees in December

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In addition to Moseshe Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) attended another case of an injured manatee early in December and, in both, the agency determined that the mammals were “fine,” the secretary indicated this Thursday. Anais Rodriguez Vega.

Through written statements, Rodríguez Vega reported that the first incident was on December 9, when the Stranding Network He referred to the DRNA information – that a citizen shared with them – about a manatee with scars in the area of Ceiba.

“Both the security guards and the management officer went to the area to find out his condition and observed that he was fine, breathing well and swimming.”said.

He added that two days later, on December 11, the DRNA received information that Moisés had propeller wounds.

“When evaluating the information received and after interviewing the person who reported it, “We concluded that, at the time, Moisés was swimming well, he had no buoyancy problems or signs that the injuries were having a major impact on his state of health.”said Rodríguez Vega, reiterating expressions given yesterday, Wednesday, by telephone to The new day.

Moisés would have been injured by boat propellers. (Supplied)

According to the official, Moisés’ “situation” was discussed with the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency that supports the conservation of protected species. “We agreed to follow the protocol that the agency has for these situations and monitor it. The information was shared with the Stranding Network, since it receives information from the public, in case they received reports about him,” he explained.

Rodríguez Vega stressed that Moisés, who was released in the 1990s and turns 30 next year, developed “an excessive attachment to boats” as a result of the human interaction he had when he was rehabilitated, “and it is not the first time that “We received information that he has scars.”

“At the moment, we continue the monitoring process to evaluate if there are changes in their status. If in the course of this exercise we see that we must intervene, this will be done, although nothing we have seen requires immediate intervention,” he said. As The new day reportedmonitoring is in charge of biologists Nilda Jimenez and Grisel Rodríguezfrom the DRNA Marine Mammal Rescue Program, and it was done through photos and videos, not in person.

“Unfortunately, in Puerto Rico, we have many manatees with scars, as a result of their encounter with nautical activity, which can cause injuries to their bodies or, in the worst case, death. At the DRNA, we have established protocols that adjust to the different situations that this species may present and each one establishes what to do, such as care assisted by specialized personnel or the healing that the animal will develop in its natural state. If the manatee behaves normally and we see that it is fine, there is no need to intervene.”he added.

Rodríguez Vega concluded by emphasizing that capturing a manatee is a “very risky and complicated” activity, both for the species and for the technical staff, and that, “if something were to fail in this management, the result could be tragic.”