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Jun 7, 2019

Another Dead Manatee Found Floating Off the Coast of the Old Capital

Another dead manatee – that’s the sad news that manatee champion Jamal Galvez had to share today. On Thursday evening, a passenger on a water taxi reported that the boat hit a manatee near the Radisson. Upon receiving that tip, Galvez went looking for the wounded animal hoping that they could rescue and save it. But their search efforts were futile until they were called out earlier this morning to an area near the sea off Reggae Street. The manatee had big chop wounds – it was almost disemboweled andits tail severed. The dead animal was buried on the spot.  Galvez says that the boat captain didn’t report the incident – so today he made an appeal to boaters to exercise caution in shallow waters where manatees frequent.


Jamal Galvez

Jamal Galvez, Programme Director, Sea to Shore Alliance

“It is a huge male, around three hundred and twenty-something centimeters in length. So, it is a very huge male and this is a loss to the population. It is very likely a reproductive male as well. It is evident to the cause of death; the numerous boat strikes that definitely came from a boat travelling at high speed and a very large boat as well.   This is one of the worst I have ever seen. I am pretty sure that this animal died on the spot. If you look at the pictures you will see that the tail was almost taken off and the abdominal cavity was completely exposed. It is a very tragic way to die. Boaters need to exercise caution especially when travelling around shallow areas.   The area around the Radisson is known to have high speed. We are always cautioning boaters especially when they are approaching the river mouth. I know that the no wake zone is all the way at the tourist village but it doesn’t mean that you stop or start to slow down there. Manatees are known to use this river. It is very important area in terms of their passages and travel routes because they are known to use this area. So, we continue to spread awareness that they are aware of this situation and that boaters report it. Nobody reported it and this is a problem that should have been reported to the Port Authority as a water craft collision. We continue to implore boaters to change their behavior. This is not an issue that a small organization like Sea to Shore Alliance and a couple individuals can do on their own. This definitely needs government intervention in the form of legislation and enforcement. Something has to be done and something has to be done soon to address these issues.”


Galvez says that as many as four other manatees have been killed within the last two months.

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