Students at the Escuela de Limoncito, de Limón finally got their wish Tuesday. Lawmakers declared the manateeee (Trichechus Manatus) or sea cow to be the maritime symbol of Costa Rica.
Fro several years students from the school have been visiting lawmakers encouraging the designation.
The manatee is found at the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado and in the Parque Nacional Tortuguero, They also can be found along the Caribbean coast. The animals can weight up to 1,200 pounds. They are susceptible to injury from boats and their propellors.
The decree is supposed to give the animals absolute protection and regulate access to where they live.
The legislative vote Tuesday was the second and final one.