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Jul 20, 2010

Baby manatee hit and killed by boat

Manatees, also known as sea cows, are some of the most docile sea creatures.   In fact their diet consists mainly of plant species but unfortunately, the manatee is under threat. A Vista Del Mar resident contacted the Coastal Zone Management Institute and Authority to inform them about a baby manatee that was hit by a boat. According to Jamal Galves, a manatee researcher, the marine mammal is endangered by boaters.

Jamal Galves, Manatee Researcher, CZMAI &Sea 2 Shore Alliance

jamal galvez

“Upon my arrival, I realized it was a baby manatee about five to six months old with apparent cut wounds to the dorsal side of its body. After finish carrying out the autopsy, it showed that the cut wounds wasn’t the cause of the death, but the hit that it got from the boat fractured and broke its large ribs and both ribs pierced organs such as lungs and other vital organs that caused the animal to have died.”

Jose Sanchez

“What is this saying about the boaters in the area?”

Jamal Galves

“I think they need to be more cautious in the areas such as these small canals. These animals, they are not very fast and they cannot get away from the boats. Especially the young ones, they are not knowledgeable to do that—they haven’t acquired those kind of learning at such young age—how to get away from a boat as the older ones does. I think that people need to be more careful and try to address the situation because it is getting out of hand. For Belize to be the country that has the population of this said species, for these kinda news to be coming out is not the best thing for our country.”

Jose Sanchez

“And the water right off our coast is that native waters for the manatees?”

Jamal Galves

“Yeah, they are all over. Anywhere is Belize you can spot a manatee. They are all over our waters and this is their home as well. While I understand as human beings, we have our likes and needs, at the same time we want to be more cautious.”

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6 Responses for “Baby manatee hit and killed by boat”

  1. Maddyvandijk says:

    You said it jamal, people and animals co-habit the waters for their needs and wants and people do need to be a little more responsible when on the waters.

  2. Jamal Galves says:

    Really nice to hear the Port is willing to assist in this situation now sooo nice

  3. Nikki says:

    Humans need to stop act like we’re the only animals on earth….it’s not that hard to be more cautious


    Maybe they should check on the boat that was abandoned near the airstrip to see if it hit the baby manatee.

  5. BreddaDavido says:

    Where is Audrey Matura she need to be one this if she really serious

  6. Peter says:

    I Beleive that more public awareness can help in the preservastion of this endanger creatures. More funds for research and manatee tagging is needed in order for the manatee to survive. Gov’t needs to do more effort on conserving our natural resources. Gov’t is not doing enough.

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