Three Rare Turtles Hatch From Rescued Eggs

CENPublished: August 29, 2016285 views
Published: August 29, 2016

The first three from a clutch of rare turtle eggs have hatched after being closely monitored by wildlife conservation organisations in order to ensure they have the best chance of survival.

The loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta) eggs were all laid by their mother turtle on the Les Palmeretes de Sueca beach in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia at the beginning of July.

The total of 88 eggs were spotted by passers-by and some have been taken into the protection of wildlife associations.

Two young women, identified only as Carla and Ruth, were walking past when they saw the eggs, a very unusual sight on the Valencia beaches, and called authorities.

The local ‘Oceangrafic’ marine zoo took 19 of the eggs into their care where members of their specialised team have been monitoring them closely.

These recently shared images show the little turtles hatching out of their eggs, a process which takes 72 hours in total, after which they can be taken out of the incubator.

The rest of the eggs remain in a protected zone at the beach so they can hatch naturally. They are being supervised at all times by the ‘Xaloc’ wildlife organisation.

According to the organisation’s President, Carles Gago, they believe the other turtles will start to hatch very soon.

Volunteers are keeping watch on the eggs around the clock. They also take the temperature of the nest and listen to it with a special microphone every two hours.

Loggerhead turtles are currently listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Untended fishing gear and fishing trawls are responsible for many deaths as well as rubbish dumped in the sea.

Another major factor is the loss of suitable nesting beaches due to the development of coastal areas.

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