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Orphaned manatees

Duration: 02:53

Not related to any other creatures, even dolphins or whales, manatees are river dwelling creatures that are now endangered as a result of hunting. They look a little like seals, or in the description Mark has heard, more like travelling cases for seals. They have very long front flippers, adapted from the forearm, which they use to walk along the river bed. They spend most of their time slowly munching on grass on the river bed. Vera do Silva looks after these Amazonian manatees and shows Mark and Stephen the babies kept in seperate tanks at the research centre. The babies have the telltale marks of ropes and machete cuts where they have been used as bait by hunters to capture and kill the adults. These babies are receiving round the clock attention and will be studied before being released back into the wild.

Available since: Fri 2 Oct 2009

Credits

Presenter
Stephen Fry
Presenter
Mark Carwardine
Director
Tim Green
Producer
Tim Green
Executive Producer
Sam Organ
Executive Producer
Andre Singer
Presenter
Stephen Fry
Presenter
Mark Carwardine
Director
Tim Green
Producer
Tim Green
Executive Producer
Sam Organ
Executive Producer
Andre Singer
Presenter
Stephen Fry
Presenter
Mark Carwardine
Director
Tim Green
Producer
Tim Green
Executive Producer
Sam Organ
Executive Producer
Andre Singer

This clip is from

Last Chance to See Series 1, Amazonian Manatee

1/6 Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine look at the survival of the Amazonian manatee.

First broadcast: 06 Sep 2009

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