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Free a loggerhead turtle that was found two weeks ago entangled in plastic and marine garbage in Mazarrón (08/07/2019)

The specialists of the Wildlife Recovery Center El Valle have managed to recover and return to their natural environment a specimen of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) that was located with signs of strangulation and other injuries two weeks ago in Mazarrón.

The animal, in particular, was floating in the sea entangled in a floating structure composed of ropes and plastic bottles and was collected by a canoeist and members of the Red Cross of the Sea.

It is an adult female weighing about 60 kilos that entered the center with slight signs of strangulation at the base of the right front wing, as well as a small lesion on that same side of its beak.

This specimen of loggerhead turtle, a species that is classified as vulnerable, had also lost sight of his left eye.

So far this year have entered into the Wildlife Recovery Center a total of five live turtles, one of which was released last February in Bolnuevo, another could not be recovered and two others remain hospitalized for treatment .

The cause of entry of three of these specimens was the enmallamiento with plastics and floating garbage drift, while the other two arrived as a result of injuries and injuries possibly caused by collisions with boats.

The Minister of Employment, Universities, Business and Environment in office, Javier Celdrán, today attended the release of this issue and stressed that the elimination of plastics and other waste from the seas and oceans "is one of the environmental challenges to the This is a global problem that must be dealt with locally, and that is why the regional government is working on a strategy in which we want to involve both manufacturers and consumers as well as collectives. professionals, technological centers and other centers and research organizations and whose objective is to turn the Region into a space free of plastics ".

In the case of the specimen released today, the treatment received at the CRFS has managed to fully recover the mobility and be able to feed itself, so it could be returned to its natural environment.

In addition, and being an adult and find us in the breeding season of this species, an ultrasound has been performed in collaboration with the Oceanographic Foundation to rule out the presence of eggs.

Environmental education and awareness campaign

The Ministry of Employment, Universities, Enterprise and Environment starts up every summer, during the breeding season of this species and in collaboration with various groups and associations, a campaign of education and environmental awareness aimed at raising awareness of bathers, tourists or visitors of the natural spaces about the vulnerability of sea turtles.

Through beaten by beaches, talks, workshops, brochures, posters or other media such as social networks, this Marine Turtle Volunteer Network informs on how to act in case of observing an attempt to nest, with special emphasis on what more important is not to bother the animals and warn the 112.

To the release of this specimen, which was produced on the beach of La Carolina, in the protected area of ​​Cuatro Calas de Águilas, the associations that are part of this Network of Volunteers of Sea Turtles in the coastal zone of Mazarrón, Águilas and Lorca, as the Association for the Defense of the Natural Environment of Azohía (ADELA);

Naturactúa and Asociación Ambiente Europeo, in addition to the Mayoress of Águilas, María del Carmen Moreno.

Source: CARM

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