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28 manatees die in less than 3 months in Tabasco lagoons

Macuspana, Tabasco — Environmental authorities around the country continue to investigate the deaths of nearly 30 manatees that have occurred in a lagoon in Tabasco.

In 74 days, 28 manatees have died in the lagoons of Tabasco. Federal officials with Environmental Protection (Profepa) have yet to identify the cause of the deaths despite the studies that have been made.

Photo: Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

In a statement, the agency reported that members of the inter-agency group investigating the possible causes of death have analyzed the laboratory results of water samples taken from the lagoons. Profepa says the water quality results by the National Water Commission found no evidence of toxicity.

The water quality studies conducted by the ABC Chemical, Research and Analysis Laboratory were based on water samples collected from 12 sites along the lagoon system in the municipality of Macuzpana where dead manatees were found. Water samples were also taken from the main river that supplies the lagoon system.

They have since extended their analysis to include living organisms, sediment and plants from the lagoons. According to information issued by laboratory specialists from the Association of Zoos and Breeding Centers of the Mexican Republic, experts agree they cannot confirmed or rule out that the cause of death may be due to infections of the species itself.

The head of the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Juan Caos García Alvarado, confirmed that three manatees have been rescued from the area of the Bitzales, but that there are still more than 50 and that they could be at risk.