Marine officers have rescued and launched 43 sea turtles in Colombia. The animals have been victims of trafficking, authorities mentioned on Sunday.
“25 leatherback sea turtles have been rescued from a ship. The turtles have been discovered inside sacks and later launched,” marine captain Andrés Fabián Crespo-Salom mentioned. “Later and concurrently, three grown olive ridley sea turtles have been rescued inside a warehouse within the Tumaco municipality.”
“Lastly, 15 turtles have been discovered on the seaside. They have been launched once they (traffickers) seen the presence of the Marines. These species are at risk of extinction due to unlawful poaching,” he added. All animals have been launched into the ocean.
The Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorizes leatherback sea turtles and olive ridley sea turtles as susceptible, as they at the moment face threats similar to habitat destruction, fisheries bycatch, and air pollution.
Leatherback sea turtles are the world’s largest sea turtles, identified for his or her distinctive leathery shell as an alternative of a tough, bony one. They primarily feast on jellyfish, typically mistakenly consuming floating plastics. Famend for his or her huge migratory routes and spectacular diving talents reaching over 4,000 ft, these turtles possess a novel blood vessel system, permitting them to thrive in colder waters.
Olive ridley sea turtles, named for his or her olive-colored backs, are one of many smaller sea turtles, weighing as much as 100 kilos and reaching round 2 ft (0.6 meters) in size.
Discovered primarily in heat waters of the Pacific, Indian, and Southern Atlantic Oceans, these turtles are particularly notable for his or her synchronized nesting in mass numbers, a phenomenon referred to as arribadas. Throughout these occasions, hundreds of females come ashore concurrently to put their eggs.