AFP, published on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Three turtles of protected species were released on the central eastern coast of Tunisia this weekend, after being rescued, and one of them was equipped with a beacon to follow its course, a-t -we learned on Sunday.
The operation was carried out in the presence of around fifty onlookers, many of them children, by the Sea Turtle Care Center in Sfax. Since its inception last June, nearly 35 turtles have been cared for there as part of a project called Life Med Turtle.
“This turtle is part of the species Caretta Carretta, big-headed turtle, a species very present in the Mediterranean and in Tunisian waters”, especially in the Gulf of Gabès (center-east), explained to AFP the one of the scientists behind the project.
“This beacon given to us by the University of Primorska in Slovenia will allow us to follow this turtle in its movements, because it is a migrant species”, added Imed Jribi, professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Sfax and coordinator of Life Med Turtle.
The device was glued to the shell of the reptile.
Turtles often find themselves trapped in fishing nets and it is the fishermen who bring them to the Specialized Care Center in Sfax.
The three released animals were ringed to facilitate their identification.
Marwa, the turtle with a GPS tag, “had been accidentally caught by fishermen”, according to Mr. Jribi.
“Identifying wintering, grazing and migration routes plays an important role in protecting this endangered species,” the scientist added.