Three turtles equipped with ANSE launchers traveled across the Mediterranean, From the West Coast to the East Coast, It shows that the protection of the marine environment often does not understand the boundaries of humans.
Since the beginning of March last year, six months have passed since the release of the first generation of tortoises (etta fish), was born in the Murcia region for at least the past 100 years. On October 6, 2020, 21 turtles and dragons were released into the wild during nearly two years of captive breeding in order to increase the population. Very little chance of survival Owned by newborns of this unique species
These satellite launchers Powered by small solar panelsIt is used to find the precise location of the individual on a dreamy sea journey, perhaps to find the warm waters of the eastern Mediterranean.
After being released, the tortoise with the ANSE mark embarked on an incredible journey, first bringing them to the northeast. Algeria, The three sisters are moving in different directions. The first person to separate was Caretto, who stopped near California for several months. Ibiza ÿ Formentera.Then he walked towards Sardinia,then Sicily, And finally through the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.It’s there, in Malta After several months of broadcasting, its signal was lost.
Her sisters directly participated in the 39th parallel, and then moved towards Sardinia ÿ Sicily. However, on the way between the two islands, Popico’s transmitter also stopped broadcasting. Loss of signal from the transmitter is not uncommon, and it does not have to be bad news for the tortoise.
The solar panels that allow the transmitter to work are usually easily covered by marine life. After a period of time, the energy level of the transmitter is usually Decay until it disappears. At present, after six months of operation, Argonauta continues to report its position, and today it is in Greek waters, Near CreteThe straight-line distance from his birthplace exceeds 2,000 kilometers.
ANSE thanks the people and entities that have cooperated in project financing Satellite launcher, They provide relevant data on the survivability of the first generation of tortoises in Murcia.
Association development Fundraising campaign Pay for research (related to the campaign) and get help from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Oceanographic Foundation to locate the emission source and obtain authorization from the autonomous community of the Region of Murcia.
As the global population is declining, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists turtles as a susceptible species. In Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean,The species has been captured to the end of s. XX For human consumption.
However, currently Bycatch fishing gearWhether it is industry or handicraft, and the entanglement of abandoned nets and marine debris, may be the greatest threat to this species, but other factors such as marine pollution, collisions with ships or plastic and hydrocarbons are not underestimated. Intake.
In this case, climate change also plays a fundamental role in the future of species.Due to its small area, geographic location and semi-enclosed nature, the Mediterranean Respond quickly to atmospheric phenomena And/or human influence.
Under constantly changing environmental conditions, turtles Is changing its natural nesting patternUntil recently, it was almost completely restricted to the warm waters of the eastern Mediterranean. Greece As the most important nesting area, followed by Libya, Turkey, Tunisia ÿ Syria. In this way, the Spanish coast is no longer a historical nesting site for this species, and females who come to our coast to lay eggs face considerable challenges.
For ANSE, breeding turtles along the coast of Murcia “provides a rare opportunity to promote the naturalization of part of the urbanized coastline. La Manga is a good example, Despite pressure from last summer, there was still another turtle lying there.
“restore Land and Maritime Public Domain They concluded that the invasion, as well as improving the state of the dunes, reducing the breeding season and reducing the use of heavy cleaning machinery, are just one of the necessary measures to ensure that many other turtle nests can move on our beaches. From ANSE.