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Injured Sea Turtles Released Back Into The Sea

Injured sea turtles, who were stranded on the shores of Kusadasi, were treated and released back into the sea from the Pygale Beach.

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The injured sea turtles, stranded on the shores of Kusadasi, were treated at the Sea Turtles Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) and released back into the sea at the Pygale Beach.

The three heavily injured Caretta carettas were released at the Pygale Beach back into the sea, after a treatment of almost one year and a half.  The Caretta carettas were at last reunited with the sea. Some animal lovers who wanted to capture this wonderful moment took photographs and videos.

injured sea turtles going into the sea
injured sea turtles going into the sea

The Sea Turtles Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) took care of these injured Caretta carettas. They named the three sea turtles Türker, Batu and Nazlı. The Caretta carettas are known to be extremely calm and harmless, and are of great importance to the marine ecosystem.  For them the shores of Kusadasi provide a safe place where they can build a nest and lay their eggs. After the hatching, the young turtles can immediately reach the sea.

Kusadasi Attaches Importance to the Ecosystem

The Kusadasi Municipality and several associations in Kusadasi work together to keep the ecosystem in balance. The Pygale Beach is of importance during the period when the sea turtles lay their eggs but also after the hatching. The sea turtles are constantly observed by the associations to keep them save.

injured sea turtles
injured sea turtles

The Mayor of Kusadasi, Özer Kayalı, the director of DEKAMER Prof. Dr. Yakup Kaska, the regional director of Nature Converstation and National Parks Kerim Gençoğlu, the Izmir Branche Director Hayati Binboğa, the Aydın Branche Director Özcan Özelmiş and the head of the Association for the Protection of Ecosystems and Nature Lovers (EKODOSD) Bahattin Sürücü, were there when the sea turtles were released back into the sea after their treatment.

When the Caretta Carettas were heading to the sea, the Kusadasi Photograph Artists Association and members of EKODOSD were following them, watching them and taking lots of photos of this impressive moment. Mayor Özer Kayalı emphasized the importance of the coast of Kusadasi for the Caretta carettas. He noted that the Kusadasi people are very sensitive when it comes to animals. He reminded that the wounded turtles delivered to DEKAMER in time by the Kusadasi people too.

DEKAMER and the Caretta carettas

DEKAMER, the Sea Turtles Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the Ministry of Forestry and Water Management, have signed a special protocol concerning Caretta carettas. This protocol ensures that the sea turtles are protected and treated with care.

Happy ending for injured sea turtles
Happy ending for injured sea turtles

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