Lucky loggerhead released back into the wild
The San Juan Association has carried out a loggerhead release on the beach of El Puertito.
The turtle came from the Wildlife Recovery Centre of the Cabildo de Tenerife, “La Tahonilla” which organised the special event with the collaboration of Adeje council and the association.
The professionals of La Tahonilla, Adrián Flores and Eva Iñiguez, coordinated by Roberto Hernández (wildlife officer of the CRFS La Tahonilla), explained all the characteristics of the specimens of Caretta caretta, more commonly known as a loggerhead turtle, to the companions of San Juan, children and families of the play group, as well as visitors who were in the area.
The act was accompanied by the political representatives of the municipality, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and José Antonio López Delgado; this being an occasion to join forces in such an important cause and with which the San Juan Association has been committing itself to day by day: the care of the environment.
“Currently it is essential to carry out awareness actions that allow us to acquire new knowledge and become aware,” said a spokesman for the organisers.
The loggerhead turtle is a species classified by the IUCN as “endangered”, common in the coasts of Tenerife, especially in the bounded area between the towns of Teno and Rasca, an area of ??special conservation. They are animals that have lungs but they can spend long periods of time underwater, an average of five hours. The species is characterised by having five vertebral plates (central) in the shell, its diet is very varied, from algae and phanerogams to crustaceans, molluscs, jellyfish and small fish. Although they can measure approximately 120cm, in the Canary Islands, there are only juvenile specimens whose measurements vary from 15cm to 70cm, although their growth is not totally linked to age but also to the availability of food.
Despite being animals with a very high average life, it is very common to see them on the coasts affected by anthropic factors: full of nets, plastics, hooks and in general, garbage known as “ghost fish”, which does not allow them to live normally, affecting buoyancy, causing difficulty in swimming, circulatory stress causing decompression problems and sometimes causing loss of limbs or axillary strangulations that interfere with mobility, encouraging the appearance of parasites and fungi due to speed reduction and often with broken shells due to collisions with boats. Therefore, practically every day numerous warnings of turtles with some type of damage or anomaly appear on the coast and are collected and recovered by the CRFS “La Tahonilla”.