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Sea Turtle Rescued


A Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta) caught up in fishing tackle was rescued yesterday, (10th July) at 8:30 pm at  Paul do Mar.

The alert was given by Ângelo da Conceição, a mountain guide and SOS Wildlife Network volunteer at the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation IP-RAM (IFCN), who managed, as he said, “with great difficulty to remove the debris fastened around the turtles fins and the hooks lodged in its throat.” He then remained with the turtle until it was collected and taken to the Marine Biology Station for treatment.

Loggerheads weigh approximately 20 grams when born, but adults can exceed 200 kg. These ocean dwellers are known for their long voyages across the sea and can dive to a depth of 100 m.

In view of this incident, the the IFCN asks that anyone who sees a wild animal in difficulty to call the SOS Wildlife Network on 961 957 545 or one\ of the following organisations.

Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation, IP-RAM (IFCN)
Mobile: 961 957 545
Available during the week from 9: 00 to 17: 30

Republican National Guard
Nature and Environment Protection Service (SEPNA)
Madeira Territorial Command
Telephone: 291 214 460
Available during the week from 5:30 pm to 9:00 am
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays available 24 hours a day

Samantha Gannon

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