Sea turtles, Roseto

Saturday morning a small loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), called Giulia from the name of the lady who found her, was released in the sea in front of the beach in Roseto degli Abruzzi where it was born. At least other twenty eggs hatched from the same nest.

Caretta caretta is a species endangered by marine pollution, the propellers of boats and fishing nets abandoned at sea. The scientists argued that the nesting of sea turtles does not occur in Abruzzo because the temperature of the sand is insufficient to incubate the eggs, which hatch in about 65 days after laying. The fact, happened during a relatively cool summer, suggests us some questions on the state of the Italian sea and coast in general and Abruzzo’s in particular, on climate change, on the interference of human activities on biodiversity and the capacity of the latter to amaze all of us, including scientists.

The release of the small turtle was held under the supervision of experts from the Cetaceans Study Centre, in front of a cheering crowd including many children. VisitAbruzzo hopes that this female specimen of Caretta caretta and its sisters that reached the sea before it are coming back to nest, as their mother, on the coast of Abruzzo and that our sea and beaches, in the meantime, get ready to welcome them.

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