Setting a camera trap to record if manatees enter the spring. CBD-Habitat set up camera traps all around the cove.
But I think all of our disturbance in the area spooked them, and they just went to another place to drink. There seem to be countless springs in this part of Africa, from central Senegal all the way to Guinea. In some places in Senegal there are over 20 known springs in close proximity, so it’s easy to imagine manatees going elsewhere. I wish more preparation could’ve been done by my colleagues before our trip to understand the capture site and prepare- we had discussed via email that they should out up nets a week in advance of our arrival to give the manatees time to adjust to the changes, but everything was very last minute, and it just didn’t happen. I still believe it’s a good place to try to capture manatees because there are very few places where one can enclose them in a natural cove.