Rescued turtle released on beach in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

Published on June 06, 2024
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The Cabildo of Fuerteventura, through the Department of Environment and Hunting under the leadership of Carlos Rodríguez, organized the release of a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) on Playa Blanca in Puerto del Rosario.

This event followed the turtle's rehabilitation at the Recovery Center and the Morro Jable Sea Turtle Conservation facility. The release was part of a series of activities arranged by the island Corporation to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8).

The release ceremony was attended by two groups of kids from the primary school CEIP San José de Calasanz. Their involvement was part of the "Back to Home" activity, a segment of the "Know to Protect" program aimed at educating young students about the significance of environmental conservation.

The turtle, released today, had been admitted to the Sea Turtle Recovery and Conservation Center on December 17, 2023. At the time of its arrival, it weighed 3.42 kg and had suffered a stranding due to a collision that resulted in a fracture of the caudal shields and a penetrating crack on the right side of its carapace. The turtle was also severely emaciated and dehydrated.

The swift actions of Environmental agents, who rescued the turtle in Corralejo, municipality of La Oliva, coupled with the dedicated care provided by the center's team, ensured the turtle's full recovery and successful return to its natural habitat.

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