The treatment of caretta carettas named “Billy”, “Cemre”, “AKD” and “Talay”, who were injured for various reasons, at DEKAMER, which is under the General Directorate of Protection of Natural Assets of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, was completed.
A satellite tracking device was placed on the turtle named “Talay” whose shell was cleaned by DEKAMER officials. Afterwards, 4 adult caretta carettas were released into the sea with a ceremony.
DEKAMER Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. Yakup Kaska told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are happy to heal 4 sea turtles and leave them to their natural habitat.
Indicating that Talay, who has a satellite tracking device, is a green sea turtle, Kaska said, “This is a herbivorous individual. Knowing where this turtle, which mows our sea meadows, roams and migrates, will illuminate something unknown to all of us.” said.
Emphasizing that 437 injured individuals have come to their center in 13 years since the establishment of DKAMER, Kaska said that 233 caretta carettas were recovered and sent to the sea, and 13 turtles continue to be treated.
Local and foreign tourists showed interest in the caretta carettas brought to the beach by DEKAMER officers at the ceremony held on the Iztuzu beach.
The ceremony was attended by Ortaca District Governor Oktay Erdoğan, Mayor Alim Uzundemir, Pamukkale University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kısaç, Dean of Pamukkale University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Prof. Dr. Süleyman Solmaz, Pamukkale University Faculty Member Stratonikeia and Lagina Excavation Head Prof. Dr. Bilal Söğüt, DEKAMER Scientific Coordinator Doğan Sözbilen and local and foreign tourists on the Iztuzu coast attended.