The birth of long-headed sea turtles on a sandy beach in northern Italy is considered by scientists to be an “exceptional” phenomenon caused by global warming.
This is the first time that Caretta sea turtle eggs have hatched on the North Adriatic coast, and this is an extremely rare occurrence. A few days ago, nine sea turtles were born on Jesolo Beach, a popular seaside resort near Venice.
“This is the northernmost part of the world, a truly bizarre geographical location,” Santro Macario, professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Padua and co-ordinator of the Cert, a study group for marine animals, told La Repubblica.
As soon as the tortoise was known to lay eggs, a protective barrier was placed around the nest to protect them. Volunteers from animal rights groups were vigilant day and night.
Diego Katarosi, scientific director of the Tropicarium Zoo in Jesolo, told Matino de Padua about this in the local newspaper. “Moving creatures toward the ocean is based on their instincts. Their instincts make them realize where the beach is. They go in search of a suitable place and lay eggs,” the scientists said.
Long-headed turtles have been born on a special sand protection path created for marine life to move towards the sea. The Loggerhead sea turtle is one of the world’s largest turtle species. These can grow up to 90 cm (35 inches). It is one of the largest hard-shelled tortoises in the world. They can live for 47 to 67 years.
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