Gina and Sayle in Spanish Wells harbour, Eleuthera before the capture.
On December 29th, researchers from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) responded to a sighting report of a mother and calf manatees, known as “Gina” and “Sayle”, in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, and discovered that the 5-month old calf had mono-filament fishing line entangled around her right flipper. Despite several attempts, it was impossible to remove the line. Without intervention, Sayle would lose her flipper, and could die if the wound became infected. Since the discovery last month, BMMRO, The Department of Marine Resources and Atlantis’ Animal Rescue Team (all primary members of The Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Network) have been working together to attempt to temporarily capture Sayle and her mother Gina to enable Atlantis’ vet, Dr. Eric Anderson, DVM, to remove the line.
|Both manatees on the boat ramp where the capture took place. The capture allowed us to pull Sayle out of the water so the vet could disentangle her flipper.|
The mono-filament line entangled around Sayle’s swollen flipper.
Dr. Eric Anderson, DVM, from Atlantis’ Animal Rescue Team cutting the line from Sayle’s flipper.
Sayle was given a full health assessment before the animals were released, including taking a blood sample to check if the entanglement wound had become infected.