Marine animal rehabilitation centers in Zoomarine and Ílhavo have welcomed 41 turtles since 2020

Today we celebrate World Sea Turtle Day

Photo: Cátia Rodrigues | Sul Informação

Zoomarine and the other rehabilitation center for marine animals licensed by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) in mainland Portugal, located in Ílhavo, Aveiro, have received a total of 41 sea turtles since 2020, the ICNF announced today, 16 June, which marks World Sea Turtle Day.

«According to data from the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (CRAM ECOMARE), in Ílhavo, and Porto d'Abrigo do Zoomarine, in Albufeira, since 2020 sea turtles of the species Caretta caretta, Lepidochelys kempii, Lepidochelys olive e Chelonia mydas, with a total of 18 specimens of these marine animals being returned to nature», revealed the institute.

Regarding Zoomarine, the last return took place less than a month ago and allowed the turtles “Ukiyo” and “Vanora” to return to their natural habitat, as Sul Informação testified and reported.

Currently, ten turtles are being rehabilitated, five in each center, with a view to their eventual return to the wild.

World Sea Turtle Day has been celebrated since the year 2000 on June 16, «the birthday of Archie Carr, founder of the Sea Turtle Conservancy and “father” of sea turtle biology, whose research and awareness drew attention to sea turtles. threats affecting sea turtles and helped create the community that continues to fight for a better life and future for sea turtles around the world», according to the ICNF.

«Sea turtles evolved from land turtles more than 100 million years ago, maintaining air breathing and the need to incubate eggs in nests excavated in the sand of beaches. Compared to land turtles, sea turtles are more agile and faster in the water».

All sea turtles are protected through national and international legislation, namely national legislation referring to international conventions and community directives: CITES Convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Washington Convention) , Bonn Convention (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Fauna), Berne Convention (Convention Relating to the Protection of Wildlife and the Natural Environment in Europe) and the Habitats Directive (on the conservation of natural habitats and flora and wild fauna.