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It is the first case of this species on the Island.
The Manatee Conservation Center of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico conducted a study and examination of the organs, tissues and bones of a long-finned blue shark to investigate the cause of death.
The squalor was found last Sunday in Barceloneta by Héctor López Pelet and the same day he was transferred to the Bayamón Campus.
The shark weighed 693 pounds and measured 3.4 meters.
The necropsy is done at the request of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources because it deals with an implausible case in this type of marine animal.
The event is very particular because it deals with the first record of this species in Puerto Rico.
The shark comes from oceanic waters (open sea) in the tropics and subtropics.
Participants in the shark autopsy were students from the courses of Marine Biology and Fundamentals of Oceanography of the Marine Sciences program at the Bayamón Campus of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, under the direction of the veterinary technician and director of the Center, Antonio Mignucci, and the Professor Carla Rivera.
“It is being scientifically documented to be able to publish about the findings of this study. This experience contributes significantly to the integration of the work of marine biologists in the academic training of our students by seeing first-hand the scientific documentation and as a finding that could go unnoticed, it becomes a contribution to the knowledge of the natural state of our island and Caribbean environment, “said Mignucci.
The professor of marine sciences also explained that “carite is considered one of the fastest sharks, since it reaches between 20 and 60 miles per hour. Nothing on the surface or up to depths of 500 feet. He is able to travel more than 2,000 miles. It feeds on squid and fish such as tuna and swordfish. It is a migratory and solitary shark. Today the population of this species tends to decrease and is currently classified as vulnerable to extinction.
The rescue and rehabilitation program of the Manatee Conservation Center runs under permits and in collaboration with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The center does not only work with manatees, it also serves other vertebrates such as turtles, seabirds, fish, rays and sharks.
Source: El Vocero