Rare birth of sea turtles on a tourist beach in the south of France


Several dozen sea turtles were born on Wednesday morning (August 26), the hatchlings emerging from the sand and crawling eight meters to reach the sea.

In July, the mother loggerhead turtle was first sighted on the Sablettes Fréjus beach, where she has chosen to lay her eggs. A perimeter of protection was placed around her and a team of biologists, turtle experts and volunteers kept a close watch on her.

Hatchings of this protected species of loggerhead turtle are rare in this part of the Mediterranean, with turtles normally laying eggs further south, around Turkey, Greece or Tunisia.

In recent years, there have been more cases of sea turtles choosing new beaches, including in the south of France.

Vincent Morcillo, head of the Center for the Protection and Breeding of Chelonians, which works to strengthen turtle populations, told Login in July:

“In the past five years there have been four or five outbreaks, and certainly more that no one has seen.

“The hypotheses in this regard are varied: climate change, ‘lost’ specimen, modified sea currents.

“Turtles usually return to lay their eggs where they were born … but in recent years, there have been more and more sightings of turtles laying eggs at sites where they are not usually present,” he said. -he declares.

Loggerhead turtles, whose scientific name is Caretta caretta, are usually 80 to 110 cm long in adulthood and weigh around 70 to 170 kg.

They have been on a list of protected animals in France since 2005.

Any observation of sea turtles laying their eggs on a beach in France must be reported to the French Mediterranean Sea Turtles Network on 06 64 79 54 23.


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