Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
RIMINI

Sea turtle with amputated beak could return to wild

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Rimini, July 17 - A 16-year-old sea turtle named
Fegghy that was rescued from a fisherman's net in 2005 in
critical condition may be able to return to her natural habitat,
marine veterinarians said.
Fegghy had a broken jaw and amputated upper beak when a
fishing boat off the Adriatic coast near San Benedetto del
Tronto discovered her trapped in their net.
The crew called marine rescue workers who took the
Loggerhead turtle that was near death to the Riccione Marine
Turtle Hospital where she underwent 18 months of rehabilitation
including two surgeries to repair her mouth area allowing her to
eat almost completely without assistance.
When she was transferred to the aquarium in the city of
Cattolica in 2007, she weighed 16 kilograms and was 50
centimeters long.
After six years in Cattolica's "Turtle Bay", where she
had free range in an 80,000-liter marine water pool, the
loggerhead, also called Caretta turtle weighs 38 kilograms and
is 65 centimeters long.
Marine biologists now, after years of rehab, believe that
Fegghy has a chance of returning to her natural habitat in a
protected area of the Conero Regional Park in Marche.
Fegghy is a member of an endangered species found in the
Mediterranean Sea that suffers from a low reproductive rate and
is increasing threatened by pollution and boats that cause
injuries.
In July, a 30-kilogram female Loggerhead was returned to
the sea after recovering from advanced pneumonia caused by
numerous plastic sacks she had swallowed mistaking them for
jelly fish.

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