This is “Fred the Gentile”, a Sea Elephant That Rests on the Coasts of Canelones

The animal, four meters long, went ashore to make his change of skin and is in good health.

Fred is the name that Richard Tesore, head of the SOS Rescue Marine Fauna Center (Punta Colorada) chose to name a male sea elephant (Mirounga leonina) that appeared on the Canary coast in recent weeks.

Tesore disclosed on his Facebook site some photographs of the animal, lying next to him, and clarified that samples will be taken to the Veterinary School “to try to diagnose and evaluate a possible treatment for Fred’s respiratory problem, in conjunction with the Mammalian Directorate. DINARA sailors “.

Tesore said that in the last month the animal gained a lot of weight. “The warm waters at this time of year allowed him to gain weight by not having to spend energy to stay warm,” he added.

Dr. Martín Lima, a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, told Montevideo Portal that until now no samples from the animal have been admitted. If they were taken (by individuals) they require a rigorous extraction protocol, otherwise, they lack validity. Of entering to Faculty they will be of a particular form on the part of Ong ignoring until the moment the method of taking and remission. Currently, in Veterinary School there is a multidisciplinary team of teachers and students working on these species in conjunction with DINARA.

Lima clarified that it is very common for these animals to go out to make their change of skin and then return to the sea by their own means. It was recently observed on the coasts of Canelones, on which occasion it was evaluated by the work team of the Veterinary Faculty. It is recommended in these cases not to disturb the animal allowing it to comply with its natural biological cycle.

With respect to the respiratory picture, he said that it can happen when these animals go out to make the changes of skin because they have a natural immunodepression in this process. However, he said that it does not merit a medical treatment, which would require manipulating the animal, making a more detailed analysis and maintaining the treatment with veterinary medical control over time.

Sea elephants have a very marked sexual dimorphism. The males are between four and five times larger than the females and have a marked proboscis. They are excellent divers and reach 800 meters deep.

Fred the Gentile a sea elephant

They move the skin in patches, and when they do it remains on the ground, fasting. They are occasional visitors from Uruguay, where they are most frequently seen in Maldonado, Rocha and also Montevideo, although they have managed to venture into the Uruguay River to the Department of Salto.


Source: Montevideo Portal