Manatee is the new national symbol of Costa Rica

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on 31 July, 2014

The Legislature declared the manatee (Trichechus manatus) national symbol of the marine fauna of Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica, these animals live in the brackish waters of Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero joint, where they feed on plants growing on the banks. Although its habitat is in protected areas, manatees are not without threats.

In fact, this species is endangered due to agrochemicals trailing rivers and high boat traffic on the canals, which are beaten, causing injuries that prevent their mobility and therefore their ability to find food.

The 46 Members in the legislative plenary voted  in favor of the project that seeks to protect the animal known as sea cows.  Alexander Gomez, biologist (A) National University, manatees can reach a length of three meters and weigh nearly a ton.

 

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