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Protegiendo al manatí, una de las más enigmáticas criaturas africanas

 Street News Service lunes, 23 de mayo de 2011

¿Qué gorjea y chirría, pesa media tonelada y muchas comunidades pesqueras de África Occidental creen que encierra el espíritu de una sirena? En Senegal, las organizaciones locales tratan de proteger a esta misterios criatura en peligro de extinción, pero conservar a un animal que emigra a través de veinte fronteras es más fácil de decir que de hacer. (1362 palabras) - Por Amanda Fortier

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In 2009, some of the manatees rescused from behind agricultural dams in tributaries of the Senegal River were released with satellite tags to track their movements after release. The tags help scientists understand the manatees' migratory patterns. Photo: Lucy Keith

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An adult male manatee mates with a female (not visible under the murky water) in the Senegal River near Dagana. This behavior is very rarely witnessed in Africa. Photo courtesy of SAED.

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Lucy Keith tracks manatees that were rescued from behind agricultural dams and released back into the Senegal River with satellite tags. The tags give locations that help Lucy understand the manatees movement patterns and habitat use. Photo taken in Wendou Kanel, eastern Senegal. Photo: L. Keith.

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A manatee rescused from behind an agricultural dam is released back into the Senegal River near Matam. Photo: L. Keith.

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A manatee rescused from behind an agricultural dam is ready to be released back into the Senegal River near Matam. Photo: L. Keith.


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