Manatee is a New National Symbol of Costa Rica

The Legislative Assembly declared the manatee (Trichechus manatus) as the marine national symbol of Costa Rica.

Alexander Gómez biologist from the National University (UNA), Manatees can reach a length of three meters and almost a ton of weight.

In Costa Rica, these animals live in the waters of Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero, 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 importance of the declaration is that the manatee is an endangered species and the new law seeks to protect sites that provide food, shelter and facilitate reproduction.

“Manatee sanctuaries as places of absolute protection and income to such sites is only for scientific purposes or for the control, inspection and monitoring by relevant authorities” the bill passed in its second reading.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) is the body responsible for ensuring the protection of these areas and the conservation of manatee populations.

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Costa Rica Manatees

Costa Rica Manatees. Photos Credit: tortuguerocostarica.cr

Source: La Nación

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