Aquarium Pula to Return Six Turtles to Sea

Lauren Simmonds

Good news for six sea turtles as they get ready re-begin their lives back in the deep blue of the Adriatic!

As Morski writes on the 4th of June, 2018, on June the 8th, beginning at 19:00 the popular Aquarium Pula has invited all interested individuals and parties to the annual returning of the sea turtles back to the wild at the Verudela lighthouse.

Calm, slow, and gentle, sea turtles are among the most endangered animal species, and therefore protected and cared for by numerous national and international regulations.

Based on the Nature Protection Act and the provisions of the ordinance on the protection of certain reptilian species, the Republic of Croatia has strictly protected these animals since 1995, working hard to adhere to their every possible need, including their treatment and rehabilitation should one find his or herself injured, sick, or otherwise in some unfortunate situation.

Regional Express writes that despite their protection, such sea turtle populations are drastically declining throughout the world, as well as here in Croatia. Owing to this alarming decline, it was deemed necessary to set up marine turtle recovery centres to care for injured or unwell turtles, before rehabilitating them and returning them back to their natural habitat in the wild.

The activities of the centre include daily turtle care with the purpose of returning them back to the sea, as well as to raise public awareness of the necessity of their protection. Turtle care implies their regular feeding, the proper and careful cleaning of the pools in which they live, and providing regular health care checks, as well as giving treatment if and when required. Annually, the centre cares for and treats anywhere between ten to fifteen sea turtles who have found themselves in less than ideal circumstances for some reason or another.

The six turtles set to be returned to the sea to live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild are Stela, Rada, Cuki, Mimi, Neven, and Marinela.


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