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A loggerhead turtle hatchling was located in a Calnegre cove and transferred to the IMIDA Center in San Pedro del Pinatar (05/09/2020)

| It will remain in this center until it reaches an adequate weight that guarantees its survival | The General Directorate for Natural Environment and the NaturActúa Lorca association track the area to locate the nest in anticipation of possible new births The Region of Murcia has once again registered the birth of a new specimen of loggerhead turtle.

The director general of Natural Environment, Fulgencio Perona, explained that during the last morning the notice of the sighting of a calf of this species was received in a cove of Calnegre, in the municipality of Lorca, which was misplaced and moving in the opposite direction to the sea. After the warning, the stranding team of the Wildlife Recovery Center 'El Valle' traveled to the area this morning and transferred the calf to its facilities to ensure its growth and that it reaches the appropriate weight that allows it to survive in the natural environment.

The specimen weighs just over 14 grams and once it has been verified that it was in perfect condition it has been taken to the IMIDA facilities in San Pedro del Pinatar, along with the specimens born last summer. In the same way, a search for brands and tastings has been carried out to locate the nest, although it has not been possible for the moment, so during the night of today personnel from the General Directorate of Natural Environment and the NaturActúa Lorca association will search the area.

to locate the nest in anticipation of possible new births. "This is great news, since it represents the first birth of a loggerhead turtle in the summer of 2020 and, furthermore, in an area where the presence of a nest was unknown," said Fulgencio Perona, who added that "surveillance will be strengthened to try to locate him in order to protect him and guarantee the success of possible new births." In this way, it would be the third finding so far this summer on the coasts of the Region of Murcia and the first in this natural environment.

Previously, a first attempt was registered in La Manga on July 4 and a successful second attempt on July 23, which ended with the laying of 100 eggs that, to date, have not hatched. All these actions are co-financed by the Feder Región de Murcia 2014-2020 Operational Program, and are carried out through the Information Service and environmental revitalization in the network of protected areas of the Region of Murcia and the Monitoring Service of the Factors that affect the conservation and recovery of protected species of wild fauna in the Natura 2000 Network of the Region of Murcia.

Source: CARM

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