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28.3.2014 – update seal “Metade”

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Monachus monachus

Wir nutzen die Pause auf dem Meer (starkes Westwetter mit Regen) aus und schreiben etwas mehr über die Mönchsrobbe, die sich letzten Sonntag bei uns im Hafen aufhielt. Sie konnte nun eindeutig identifiziert werden. Es ist “Metade” was so viel wie Hälfte bedeutet. Die Hälfte dieser Robbe ist sehr hell bis weiß. Dieses Männchen ist 1997 geboren und kam schon seit einigen Jahren immer wieder für Ruhephasen und zur Ernährung von den vorgelagerten Desertas Inseln herüber nach Madeira. Dieses Jahr im März dachte man er wäre tot aufgefunden worden, allerdings war das Tier schon sehr verwest und “Metade” wurde nur an Hand einer grossen Narbe am Hals identifiziert. “Metade” sucht immer wieder ruhige geschützte Stellen auf und er schien sich bei uns im Hafen ausruhen zu wollen. Außerdem kann er dort dann mit Leichtigkeit seine Nahrung finden. Wichtig ist allerdings, daß wir Menschen ihn nicht bedrängen, ihn auf keinen Fall füttern, denn er soll ein wildes Tier bleiben. Durch seine starke Verletzung am Hals, die bei Wildtieren im Meer lange braucht um zu heilen, braucht er wohlmöglich mehr Schonung als gesunde Seehunde. Geben wir ihm die Ruhe (beim ruhen sieht es teilweise so aus als ob das Tier leblos wäre ) und die Zeit selber wieder ganz gesund zu werden. Hier noch zwei Filmchen von seinem Besuch im Hafen Calheta: hier und hier.

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We used the brake because of the stormy weather to update our infos abou the seal-sighting last sunday 23.3.2014, that came and stayed for some time in our harbor. It was possible to identify the animal. It's name is “Metade”, which means half, because half of its body is quiet clear unto white. It's a male born in 1997 and since already some years he comes from the Desertas island to Madeira to feed and rest here. This year in the beginning of March it was told that “Metada” has died, he was identified by a scar on his neck, because all the rest was already quiet in decomposition. Now we are happy to be able to pronounce that “Metade” is still alive and recovering from these bad wound on its neck. To recover he need even more rest and time. But why coming into a marina? It might be that there he can easily find food and in the shallow waters he tries to rest. The seals as well learn that next to humans it's often easier to find food (f.ex. pisciculture). So now, what is very important, is that we humans leave them alone, never feed them and give them space to rest. We mustn't forget that they are wild animals and the have to stay wild. “Metade” is fine, that we confirmed with the Natural Park of Madeira and the biologist specialized on seals, and the wound and the seal need even more rest and time to recover. In the salty water it will take more time, but he will make it by his own. And here are to little vids from the day he spend in our marina: here and here.

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Monachus monachus

Vamos usar esta pausa no blog porcausa do mau tempo para vos actualizar sobre uma visita que tivemos na marina da Calheta. O nome do lobo marinho é “Metade”, metade porque metade do seu corpo é ligeiramente mais clara, é um macho e nasceu em 1997. Há alguns anos que este lobo marinho vem das desertas até a Ilha para descansar e se alimentar. No início de Março deste ano foi anunciado que o “Metade” tinha morrido, tinham no identificado a partir de uma cicatriz no pescoço visto o resto do corpo já estar em decomposição, por isso ficamos felizes por podermos anunciar que o “Metade” não está morto e continua a recuperar dos seus ferimentos no pescoço. Para recuperar ele precisa de muito descanso e muito tempo. Mas porque é que este lobo marinho vem para a Marina? Talvez porque aqui mais facilmente consegue alimento e descanso. Portanto é muito importante não incomodar o animal e nunca alimenta-lo. Confirmamos com a bióloga do Parque Natural que é especializada nestes animais de que o “Metade” está bem apenas precisa de tempo para recuperar as suas feridas (na água salgada este processo torna se mais lento). Entretanto pode espreitar os vídeos desta visita aqui.

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Monachus monachus

2 Comments
  1. Karen Pelling
    March 30, 2014

    Can we have the seal post in English too please?

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    • lobosonda
      March 31, 2014

      Hello Karen, it’s done. Enjoy and sorry for the time you had to wait. Sometimes it’s too much to do at the same time. Best regards Claudia

      Reply

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