The manatee will become Costa Rica’s national marine symbol following final vote in Legislative Assembly
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly passed a bill naming the manatee as the country’s national marine symbol. The sea cow — as the creature is also known — will be Costa Rica’s first-ever marine symbol and also the first national symbol for the province of Limón.
The bill was introduced in 2011 by two children from the Barrio Limoncito School in Limón, Aldeir Cortés and Fabiola Salas, now 12- and 13-years-old. The students and their teacher, Yvette Ibarra, fought for the bill for years before it finally made it through a first vote in the Legislative Assembly last week.
“I feel really proud,” Cortés told The Tico Times. “It has been a lot of time and a lot of work.” Salas added, “Now the children of Costa Rica can see that their dreams can become realities.”
You may be interested
Latin American leaders repressed protests in 2019, according to AIAFP and The Tico Times - February 27, 2020
Millions of people turned to the streets of Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Honduras in…
Costa Rica says it’s the first country in the region with nationwide electric vehicle charging gridAlejandro Zúñiga - February 27, 2020
Costa Rica has more than 100 electric car charging stations within its national territory, according to First Lady Claudia Dobles,…
Both Costa Rican clubs eliminated from CONCACAF Champions LeagueAFP and The Tico Times - February 27, 2020
Costa Rica's two representatives in the CONCACAF Champions League, Deportivo Saprissa and AD San Carlos, were both eliminated from the…