Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021. 2:52 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Crocodile Research Coalition
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: After three reported deaths of manatees in Placencia Lagoon, the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) is making a call for boat drivers to look out for manatees.
“The CRC has the unfortunate news that within 3 weeks we have responded to 3 reported dead manatees around the Placencia Lagoon, 1 adult and 2 calves. The death of the two calves suggests death by boat strike,” said CRC.
“From our community science reports, as well as our own observations, August-October seems to be active months of manatee movement around the Placencia Lagoon.”
The CRC said that the Antillean manatee in Belize is currently an endangered species that is threatened by loss of habitat, pollution, and collision with boats.
“The current population in Belize is in need of our help if the future generations are to enjoy these magnificent gentle giants just as much as we do.”
“Let’s do our part as proper stewards of the lagoon and be mindful of our speed on boats as well as overdevelopment around the lagoon,” said the CRC.
The CRC, which is very active in the conservation of crocodiles, also looks out for other animals and says that Belize’s wildlife is part of our culture and our identity and that when we lose wildlife we also lose “a piece of Belize”.