The reptile tried to lay eggs in the sand, but when the water leaked out of the sea, it gave up on nesting.
Last night on the beach of Port Saplaya, two users saw a sea turtle Caretta caretta coming out of the sea. Thanks to the rapid call to 112, it was possible to activate the Stranding Network, composed of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, the University of Valencia and the Oceanogràfic of Valencia, whose staff moved quickly to the point where there was the animal.
The chelonian, a female, 74 cm long, showed an intention to spawn in the sand, for which, he began to dig the nest. Due to the phreatic level of this beach, the water began to appear as soon as the turtle tried to deepen the nest, so he gave up trying to deposit the eggs.
However, the veterinarians of the Oceanogràfic Foundation were able to perform blood tests and an ultrasound to verify that the female is in perfect health and is carrying mature eggs, as well as developing follicles, so it is expected that Next find another location to nest.
In addition, a microchip and a satellite signal transmitter have been installed to monitor, along with the staff of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the route you make in the coming days, and check if you definitely choose one of the beaches of the Valencian coast to make the sunset.
This is not an isolated case, but something that has been repeating itself in recent years. In 2014 there was a nesting in Alicante, in 2015 it was the beach of Torrevieja that witnessed the laying of a sea turtle, and in 2016 the same happened in the Sueca beach. In both cases, citizen collaboration was essential to correctly activate the assistance protocol of the Stranding Network. Thanks to this, the nests could be guarded and moved to a quieter beach, as well as an incubator located in the Oceanogràfic of Valencia. In both cases, the offspring were part of the Head Starting program carried out in the ARCA of the Oceanogràfic Sea, thanks to which, the animals reach an appropriate size to increase their survival rate.
Source: Castellon informacion