Two juvenile sea lions of the species "Zalophus wollebaeki" were released from garbage tied to their bodies, the direction of the Galapagos National Park (PNG), responsible for monitoring and protecting the biodiversity of this Ecuadorian archipelago, reported Friday.
PNG guards released marine mammals that had old fishing ropes tied to their necks and that, according to experts, caused them to cut their skin, he said in a statement.
The park ranger Jorge Torres found the sea lions while participating in a census of the species in the Pinta and Genovesa Islands, as part of a program on "emblematic species" that runs the PNG together with the Agency for Regulation and Control for Biodiversity and Quarantine and support of Galapagos Conservancy.
Several park rangers and specialist technicians caught and held the animals, so that a veterinarian from the PNG Rapid Response Network intervened to individuals weighing more than 40 kilos.
According to the source, the fishing line presumably got caught when they were little and then became a kind of collar that cut the tissue.
In one case, the thin plastic rope "was so embedded that the veterinarian could not find it to cut it," said the PNG in his writing.
The wolves returned to the sea after being released and from the rope tied to their necks and healed of the wounds caused, the PNG said in a statement in which it also informed the census of other species such as the "Zalophus wollebaeki" and the "Arctocephalus galapagoensis ".
During the activity – which took place on the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Pinta, Marchena, Genovesa and Santiago – marine iguanas (Amblyrhybchus cristatus) were also censored and sea turtle colonies were monitored, the Galapagos National Park added.
One of the objectives of this type of activities is "to maintain long-term monitoring, within the program that has been developed for 6 years, where emblematic species and their relationship with environmental variables are evaluated."
In addition, this activity has allowed "gathering information and taking samples" that will be evaluated to determine the current status of populations of different species at each site, the PNG added.
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