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Loggerhead turtles

The Government of Fuerteventura this week arranged for the release of five loggerhead turtles or Carettacaretta from the beach of Cofete, but these turtles had been previously fitted with transmitters that are connected via satellite.


These turtles called Tomas, Martina, NT, Tropi and Oasis Dream, were bred in captivity at the Turtle Conservation and Recovery Centre at Morro Jable, and with the facilities of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Taliarte, where they were fitted with transmitters. Scientists should now be able to obtain satellite data on feeding areas, distribution areas and even migratory routes of these seawater animals.

This activity is part of a project to improve the reproductive habitat of the loggerhead turtle, and to reintroduce this turtle into the Canary Islands marine region through a generation of a new breeding colony that nest on the beaches of islands, and mainly in the eastern islands, and particularly in Fuerteventura, so that beaches can be identified with the most appropriate conditions.

This project began in 2006 and has developed thanks to the collaboration of various organisations, such as the European Union MAC Programmes and FEDER funds, Government of the Canary Islands with the General Directorate of Nature Protection, Government of Cape Verde with Direcao Nacional do Ambiente, and the Government of Fuerteventura with the Regional Ministry of the Environment.



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