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Date:April 21, 2016

Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras Welcomes Two New Baby Manatees

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Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo April 21st, 2016 – Once again, the community of Puerto Aventuras has witnessed the birth of two baby manatees. The first one was born on March 20th from Dorothy and Pablo, the second on April 10th from Julieta. Pablo is the male manatee from Puerto Aventuras and comes from the Aquarium of Veracruz as part of the interchange of the genetic diversity program between the Aquarium and Dolphin Discovery.

The new calves, which soon will have name, are a female and male that weigh around 33 pounds each. During the first 3 weeks of life, the newborn will be breast-fed every 30 minutes gaining weight soon and growing as their family and other companions of the lagoon. The natural lagoon of Dolphin Discovery hosts 3 adult manatees that are: Julieta, Dorothy and Pablo; plus 2 calves, Conchis and Clau born in 2015.

“The birth of manatees is a great achievement because, as any specie, it stands for welfare and even more because they are an endangered specie. Eight out of the 16 manatees that live at Dolphin Discovery were born in human care and are part of the reproduction program:  Miracle; the rest have been rescued” said Roberto Sánchez Okrucky, Veterinary Medicine Director of Dolphin Discovery Group.

Manatees are herbivores and the mothers, as Juliet or Dorothy, eat up to 132 pounds of lettuce a day when breast-feeding. This means they eat 2 tons of lettuce each month, in addition to a varied diet of fruits and vegetables. The gestation of manatees exceeds the year, and are close relatives of the pachyderms or better known as elephants. His deliveries are natural and are tail born 90% of the time.

“With proper care, manatees are animals that can reach between 50 and 60 years in human care. That is why we can ensure that for at least half of a century, the specie will be perpetuated, unlike the life expectancy for wild manatees”, commented Edgar Urbina, Director of Marine Mammal Specialists at Dolphin Discovery Group. 

The baby manatee can be seen at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras alongside sea lions and dolphins. Other dolphinariums from the group that are home to manatees are: Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Dreams Puerto Aventuras.

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