The most serious injury the manatee suffered was not to the skin.
It was the disruption of their method to prevent death from cold water
Manatees have incredibly strong skin, so strong, Native American tribes used it as material for shields. Manatees were considered, like turtles and crocodiles, sacred foods to be eaten only in times of emergency
as in after a hurricane
Something like 90 % of all manatees have been hit by propellers. They survive deep cuts in an environment
full of very nasty marine
microbes. They survive because they have an incredible immune system. The vaccine for papilloma in humans began as a study of the almost perfect immunity manatees had to this virus. This crime was not and is not about scratching, cutting, tattooing carving ...what ever dang word you want or donít want to use...I did not choose carve...it was the descriptive told to me by one of the first people on scene. Marine
mammal scientists know how resistant manatees are to skin trauma.
The center point of this criminal action is the potential fatal result of disturbing manatees in winter as they try to survive the cold.
They donít just lie there like logs
because they are stupid or slow. They are not fat. They actually have very little body fat and can simply die from the cold.
They rest in groups. If you frighten one, they all react. They loose energy and that can be fatal. Thatís the crime here. That will be the center of the charges.
Please stop all this nonsense about how it was reported, or what word ended up on this manatee. Please, just stop the silly comment.
The preservation of manatees and manatee habitat is in our best interest for our preservation. itís just that simple. Itís not a crime against them, it was a crime against all of us.