Sea turtles, which come to Kuşadası Bay, which has rich marine biodiversity resources, to feed and whose nests have been found on Kuşadası beaches, are in danger with the increasing number of deaths in recent days. In the last 4 days, 1 female caretta caretta tadpole sea turtle was found in Kuşadası Yavansu, 1 juvenile chelonia mydas green sea turtle in Güvercinada, 1 female caretta caretta dead and 1 mauremys rivulata species Balkan Turtle were found alive in Pamucak beach.
“THEY ARE ATTACHED”
Drawing attention to the increasing number of deaths, the Ecosystem Conservation and Nature Lovers Association (EKODOSD) President Bahattin Sürüc said, “In the examinations made on the last found caretta caretta, it was seen that it had an accident in the previous periods and there was an improvement in its carapace. Caretta caretta tadpole sea turtles and chelonia mydas green sea turtles come to Kuşadası Bay, which has rich resources in terms of marine biodiversity, to feed. Every year, a few nests are detected by caretta carettas on the beaches of Kuşadası. “Sometimes turtles caught in nets as bycatch die by drowning because they can’t come to the surface to breathe, and sometimes they die by mistaking the plastics thrown into the sea as jellyfish due to human-induced pollution,” he said.
“PEOPLE SHOULD BE MORE CAREFUL”
Stating that they collect the turtles found dead on the shores as EKODOSD, Süruc said, “For DNA studies of tissue and keratin samples taken from turtles, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Türkozan, and the turtles are sent to Dalyan (Sea Turtles Research Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) for microplastic research. It is very important for sea turtles to be more careful and not to throw plastic etc. wastes into our seas for the survival of sea turtles.’ used.
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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