May 14, 2022 3:08 pm

Six turtles returned to the sea after being found trapped in fishing nets

Yesterday, Thursday the 13th, San Clemente del Tuyó became the scene of one of the best news stories of the week. Thanks to the rehabilitation work of the Mundo Marino Foundation Conservation team, six sea turtles returned to their natural habitat after being found trapped in fishing nets.

Rescued by local fishermen (who had been trained by Mundo Marino to provide first aid), it was they who took them to the Foundation to begin their rehabilitation. Process that lasted from a week to a month, depending on the status of each of them. “Here it is important to recognize the commitment and responsibility of the fishermen who, when these reptiles are found, are in charge of providing them with first aid and bringing them to a specialized rescue center.”, explained Karina Álvarez, biologist and head of Conservation at the Mundo Marino Foundation, and added: “They are animals that are in a vulnerable state and, in addition to corroborating their health status in our center, we can obtain information about the species that contributes to the research projects that we carry out. Unfortunately in this case, in addition, some of them expelled garbage, something that is very recurrent and that we see repeated year after year.”.

Photo courtesy of Mundo Marino

But not all are good news. Is that, one of the released turtles reached the headlines of the most important media in the country after it was revealed that – during its rehabilitation process – it expelled 10 different types of plastics and a total of 22 grams of this material. A super worrying situation both for its impact on the natural habitat of the different marine species and their health, as well as for human beings themselves: “The importance of eliminating plastic has to do with avoiding both an obstruction and an intestinal perforation. ”, explained Juan Pablo Loureiro, veterinary doctor and technical director of the Mundo Marino Foundation, and added: “In addition, in the case of obstructions, these reptiles, unable to evacuate well, generate an accumulation of gas in the digestive tract that does not allow them to dive or dive properly. Faced with this scenario, they have difficulties both to feed themselves and to migrate to warmer waters.”

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