Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre (16-31 July 2015)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 16-31 July 2015.
Strange as it seems, fortunately only two new turtles were admitted to the RC during the last two weeks of July.
ʽSpyrosʼ, a with a 51.5cm-long carapace and who weighs 14 kilos, arrived at the RC on 16 July from Corfu with a head injury and an ingested hook.
ʽMarinaʼ arrived on 17 July from Zakynthos. This Caretta caretta has a 59cm-long carapace and weighs 27 kilos. She has no visible injuries and X-rays did not reveal any ingested hooks. She may possibly be suffering from plastic ingestion.
Many thanks to everyone involved in rescuing and transporting these turtles!
We are happy to report that none of the RC turtles died during the last two weeks of July.
Did you know?
Plastic pollution in the seas is a major global problem. In many areas of the worldʼs oceans, the ocean currents ʽcollectʼ all shapes and sizes of plastic items, which form large, island-like patches of garbage. These items are sometimes broken down into smaller pieces during the course of their ʽvoyagesʼ across the globe. These smaller pieces may lie under the surface of the water and be invisible to someone on the surface, and yet they are all too often spotted and eaten by sea creatures and birds, causing them to suffer and eventually die.
For more information, visit the website www.5gyres.org or the 5gyres Facebook page. You can also watch videos about the gyres, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6i16CrI8ss – What is a gyre? or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKBWNVNzaPo – The Great Pacific garbage patch.
To learn about ways to reduce your use of plastic, see http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/10-tips-living-less-plastic.html.