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After being rescued by Sernapesca on the Biobío coast, an olive male turtle and a juvenile Magellanic penguin could be returned to their natural habitat after two months of rehabilitation.
After being diverted from the rescue center of San Sebastian University by air – thanks to the support of Latam – to the center of the Catholic University of the North, the reptile was released in the Isla Choros Damas marine reserve in the Coquimbo region , according to Cristián López from Sernapesca Coquimbo.
He added that “together with the work of Mundomar foundation professionals, who since August supported this rehabilitation work in the region through the UCN, a successful recovery of the dehydrated and low weight specimen was achieved, and that today it returned without problems to the sea”.
Meanwhile, the seabird was rescued in critical condition, dehydrated and with only 2.6 kg that did not allow it to stand. After being diverted by air to the Buin Marino in Santiago, he received treatment and a diet of anchovies to be released this Thursday in the Islote de Cachagua, in the Valparaíso Region, where there is a colony of penguins.
Students of schools of Zapallar next to the mayor, Gustavo Alessandri, witnessed the release of the animal.
Regarding this, Isabel Hernández, president of Fundación Mundomar , valued sharing this process with different schools. “It is important that we all work together for the conservation of the penguins, it is an emblematic species for Chile and we are very committed to the conservation of these species.”