Loggerhead sea turtles (caretta caretta) that hatched from their nests in the western province of Mugla’s Marmaris district have finally reached the sea in their species’ annual migration, under the inspection of Pamukkale University Biology Department member Associate Professor Eyup Baskale.
For the last seven days, the Marmaris City Council Environmental Group had been observing eggs left by a sea turtle 50 days ago on the Icmeler Beach. All eggs in the nest have been handled and the last two caretta caretta turtles were directed to the sea by a flashing light.
Baskale said they had been observing the nests since July 2 and following them during night watches until the incubation period ended. “After the first baby hatched, we waited for five or six days until the last two babies hatched. Now we will wait for them to become mature and lay new eggs,” he said. Baskale added that the sea turtles were the “real owners” of the sea, which is merely occupied by people.
Source: Daily Hurriyet