Sea Turtle found trapped in fishing nets was returned to the ocean after rehabilitation
24 May, 2022
A loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta-caretta) had been found trapped in fishing nets off Albufeira and after 2 months under rehabilitation at Zoomarine’s Porto d’Abrigo, it was returned to its natural environment.
Tortuga – as it was affectionately named – arrived at the rehabilitation center on March 2nd and when it was hospitalized, Tortuga was very small and revealed to be heavily parasitized, anemic, and with considerable electrolyte changes. It’s rehabilitation, however, was quick — and, two months later, this juvenile, of still undetermined sex, managed to gain weight and grow in size, and to have the other pathologies resolved, crucial factors for his survival in the wild.
Thanks to the joint efforts between Zoomarine and the Portuguese Navy, Tortuga was transported aboard the Navio da República Portuguesa (NRP) Hidra, where on the high seas and from the hands of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Almirante Gouveia e Melo, was released.
It is the main mission of Zoomarine’s Porto d’Abrigo to return to the wild all marine specimens that enter here for rehabilitation. The return of Tortuga was another mission accomplished.
A big THANK YOU to all the professionals of the Portuguese Navy and Zoomarine who have contributed to the success of the rehabilitation and return of another turtle to our seas.
ℹ️ The Common Turtle is a species classified as vulnerable by the IUCN.
ℹ️ Rescue and return operations are carried out in coordination with ICNF – Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas