A turtle found dead on a beach in Guadeloupe, the 200th to wash up on the island in a year

A turtle found dead on a beach in Guadeloupe, the 200th to wash up on the island in a year
A turtle found dead on a beach in Guadeloupe, the 200th to wash up on the island in a year

The beach of Anse Tabarin, located in Gosier (Guadeloupe), was recently the latest scene of the stranding of a turtle. A large green turtle was found dead on the sand. The phenomenon is on the rise in the sector. Quoted by Radio Caribbean International, Saturday May 18, 2024, the Marine Turtles of Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin organization indicated that in 12 months, 200 strandings or distresses of marine turtles have been recorded in Guadeloupe.

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A crucial period for these protected species

The remains of the green turtle were taken care of by agents of the municipal police and the rendering service, reports Guadeloupe La Première . The law obliges the municipality in whose territory a marine animal has washed up to evacuate the body of the latter. Specialists said they were particularly alarmed by the stranding, which occurred during the egg-laying period of these animals, which belong to protected species.

The one found at Le Gosier measured approximately 85 cm long, and its body had begun to decompose when it was deposited by the sea on the beach. Caroline Rinaldi, member of Marine Turtles of Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin, explained to our colleagues that the turtle had been seen in difficulty the day before. “We thought that maybe she was going to go back to sea”commented the specialist.

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Alert in case of discovery

This specified that the age of the stranded animals varied. Possible reasons for turtle deaths include disorientation, fatal propeller injury, predator attack and drowning.

To better understand the phenomenon and help prevent it, anyone discovering an animal that has died or is in difficulty is asked to notify the Marine Turtles of Guadeloupe network. These experts can sometimes save the turtle or, failing that, collect useful data for the future.

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