Ten turtles have returned to their natural environment in Calblanque, after being raised for a year from their birth.
THE ten loggerhead turtles were being raised in the facilities of the IMIDA centre in San Pedro del Pinatar and the Oceanographic Centre in Valencia.
These terrific turtles were part of 21 turtles that were born a year ago, on the same Cala Arturo beach where they have been released.
The reason for the turtles were being raised in the local facilities was because a notice was passed on from the president of the Cobaticas Neighbourhood Association about a nest with eggs, and they activated an existing protocol that allowed for the safe hatching of eggs and breeding of turtles in captivity.
The loggerhead turtle is just one of the sea turtle species that live in the Mediterranean sea, although they are very rare. They can live up to 80-years and can reach between 70 and 120 cm depending on the population of origin.
Now that the ten turtles have returned to their natural environment in Calblanque, Councillor for Sustainable City and European projects, Cristina Mora, stated:
“For the City of Cartagena, it is a real privilege that Calblanque is a shelter of these loggerheads and be a witness to this historical fact, because this phenomenon had not occurred for many years”.
Antonio Luengo, Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, explained that, “21 turtles are going to be released, both now and in later days. All have a chip included and three of them have a geolocator, which will allow to know and study the trajectories of these turtles.
“The main objective was to breed them in captivity so that they will reach the minimum size that reduces the risk of being pre-predated,” he concluded.
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