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Amputee turtles with GPS are released into the sea on World Oceans Day

In celebration of World Oceans Day, two amputated loggerhead turtles, named Hera and Athena, were returned to the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday (8) on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria with additional equipment: a GPS tracking device.

Monitoring turtles that have recovered from fin amputations at the Marine Life Recovery Center in Taliarte, Gran Canaria, will allow researchers to observe their behavior in real time and determine whether a missing fin affects their behavior and coping. sea ​​currents, said Ana Liria, president of ADS Biodiversidad, an NGO working with Oceanografic Valencia on the project financed by Spain’s environment minister.

The launch was witnessed by several excited and curious children and adults at Playa del Puertillo, in Gran Canaria.

Liria was also very excited, describing the release as “wonderful”.

She also said that many loggerhead turtles lose their fins due to the impact of marine debris.

Source: CNN Brasil

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