Capture Process from Shore
Can you imagine a tug-of-war with a manatee in the water and you holding on to a rope and net from the shore? Who do you think would win? Fortunately, with enough planning and enough strong bodies, scientists do win and actually capture manatees from shore!
Sound unbelievable? Take a look at this video clip!
For shore-based captures, nets are partially set at a specifically selected site where we expect a manatee to come. The depth of the net must exceed the depth of the water and the lead lines are on shore, so that a partial bag is really what is in the water, with a line on the float lines so the crew can pull it in when the "right" manatee swims in the "bag".For an adult manatee, a strong, experienced crew of 8-10, or more, people, waiting quietly on the shore, is needed.
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