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The project aims to reduce the mortality of the Caretta caretta sea turtle, threatened by intensive fishing and pollution.In particular, the TartaDay aims to raise awareness among adults and children on the importance of protecting this splendid marine species at risk of extinction, as well as for the reasons listed above, also for erroneous behavior of bathers and tourists.160 nests have been discovered in recent months by scientific institutions and environmental associations including Legambiente involved in monitoring. Of these, 4 large nests have been found on the island of Elba.During the nesting period, generally between June and August, the females come out of the sea and laboriously climb the shore to lay their eggs. In a hole dug in the sand and about one meter deep they deposit up to 100 eggs. Incubation is guaranteed by the sand and the heat of the sun. The hatching takes place after a period between 45 and 60 days, when the small turtles come out of the sand of the nest to regain the sea. Unfortunately, today we know that out of 1000 turtles born, only one manages to reach reproductive age.For this reason, the TartaTeams, made up of Legambiente volunteers, will monitor the nesting areas, making them safe and sensitizing tourists, fishermen and beach managers to how to ensure a happier stay for our turtle friends on the island.The appointment is at 6:00 AM. For more information and to support the initiative, contact the Circolo Legambiente Arcipelago Toscano at 3407113722.If you love this cute little animal and you donít want it to disappear from our shores, visit the TartaLove section of Legambiente and find out how to help it: www.legambiente.it
12 August 2020 © Media Team Cosimo De Medici Magazine
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