By Cathy Elelman • 15 July 2019 • 21:30
BACK HOME! Guardia Civil and Equinac successfully released Rampete the turtle back into the sea.
Credit: Almeria Guardia Civil
A LOGGERHEAD turtle is back in its natural environment following a six-month spell in a recovery centre.
Almeria Guardia Civil and the Equinac marine life rescue association successfully released Rampete back into the sea on Monday morning.
When the turtle arrived at the Equinaccentre it was suffering from serious anemia and defecated plastic for a week.
The loggerhead is one of the biggest kinds of marine turtle, reaching up to 1.2 metres in length. The main threats to the species are plastic, fishing nets and hooks and fish traps.
A statement from the Guardia Civil stressed the importance of informing the emergency services in the event of finding an injured or sick turtle on the beach so that qualified personnel can transfer it to a recovery centre.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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