[MARMAM] Sea turtles situation is critical in mejillones del Sur bay in northern Chile

Ecovoluntarios ecovoluntarios at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 04:50:25 PDT 2007

Dear Marmamers

Sea turtles situation is critical in mejillones del Sur bay in northern
Chile. Lots of turtles has been attacked by sea lion Otaria flavescens that
show an anomalous behavior. These specimens use to feed on remains at
fishing markets or directly from human hand by people that enjoy doing that.
Unfortunately that kind of feeding is not permanent and sea lions having
lost their natural and wild abilities to capture fish like their congeners,
they are killing sea turtles that congregates in the area due to a thermal
discharge in the coast.  Every day sea lions are killing sea turtles. They
attack them from the bottom and bite their neck lacerating their skin and
muscles until death. Some times two sea lions attack one turtle and eat
their flippers and neck.
We are concern that this anomalous behavior soon may be learn by more sea
lions.  There are close to 5000 individuals in the area of the peninsula
therefore the threat for the turtles is really high and it is urgent to do
something.  Remove the anomalous specimens sea lions is needed but we don't
have expertise nor implements to immobilize them. Perhaps specialists from a
zoo or from another institution may help.  Please contact us to manage how
to capture anomalous sea lions and we can transport and free them in some
other place far from the turtles.


Dr. Carlos Guerra-Correa
Centro de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Fauna Silvestre
Universidad de Antofagasta
56 55 637030
56 55 387339
+56 94790755 celular
director.crea at uantof.cl  copia a tursiops at uantof.cl 

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